Making the Creed Your Creed
“I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth….”
Rooted and grounded in the apostles’ teachings, the Apostles’ Creed contains essential Christian doctrines that summarize the gospel and make up the foundation of our faith. The lines of the creed aren’t mere words. They convey the core belief that unites the Body of Christ.
We live in a post-modern, post-Christian culture. Presently all “truth” is considered relative, a matter of opinion and dependent upon context. Today the claim to truth is considered by many as arrogant bigotry or wishful fantasy. Pluralism, secularism, humanism and materialism seem to rule the day. The importance for Christians to know what they believe and why they believe it is as critical in our time as it has ever been in the Church’s history. Even though modern society places a high value on tolerance people seem more divided than ever.
We shouldn’t be surprised. What you believe really does matter. What you believe either puts you in tune with reality or it sets you on a deceptive, destructive life trajectory void of any true compass that leads to life, liberty or happiness. Belief shapes who you are. What you think determines how you make sense of and relate to the world around you. Without an anchor that holds true for all time, in all situations and for all people, you’ll always be flung back and forth by the changing winds of opinion. The Apostles Creed has been the anchor for the Church through every storm of heresy, ridicule, rejection and persecution. Through the ages it has held firm without erosion.
It is easy to become theologically flabby and spiritually lazy through contentment with the familiar. We are called to love God and each other with all our mind as well as our heart and soul and strength. We recite this creed together in worship but it begins “I believe”, to serve as a very personal faith statement.
When was the last time you closely examined the statements contained within it?
When was the last time you pondered the full implication of the affirmations you are making when you recite each phrase?
In saying yes to the doctrinal teaching of the Apostles Creed are you conscious of the philosophies and doctrines you are rejecting?
What difference does this creed make in your life?
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