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The Apostles' Creed

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Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

- Exodus 20:12

This week we’re going to be starting a new teaching series called “Creed.” We’ll be looking at the Apostles’ Creed and drilling down into what Christians have believed for centuries.

The Apostles’ Creed is one of the most broadly used summaries of Christian orthodoxy. It emerged in the second century to help Christians describe what was at the core of the Christian faith that had been handed down from the earliest followers of Jesus.

Karl Barth said that creeds like these are significant because they allow us to “honor father and mother” and show respect for what those who have come before us in the faith have discerned from God’s Word.

Take some time this morning to read the Apostles’ Creed for yourself. What stands out to you? What do you find encouraging? What would you like to learn more about?

I believe in God, the Father, Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried;

He descended into hell;

On the third day he rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy catholic Church,

The communion of saints,

The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body,

And life everlasting.

Amen.

2 Comments

Hi Jan!

Most of these Creeds were written in response to different struggles the church was having. The Apostles' Creed, for example, shuts the door on the Marcionite controversy. The Nicene Creed and the Quicunque Vult ("Athanasian Creed") are more focused on the Arian controversy.

This shows up in that the Apostles' Creed is focused on affirming the goodness of the created world and God's involvement in it while the other two creeds you mentioned focus on the Trinity and, more specifically, the divinity of Jesus.

In terms of dating, I'd place the Apostles' Creed in mid-second century, Nicene in the early fourth century and Quicunque Vult in the mid/late-fifth century.

Thanks!

Can you briefly explain differences in Nicene, Athenasian and Apostles creed to me?

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