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"I Believe...": A Sermon Series on The Apostle's Creed

“I Believe. . .”
A Sermon Series on The Apostle’s Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker 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, dead, and buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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 the life everlasting. Amen.
*traditional use of this creed includes these words: “He descended into hell.” (UMH 881)
** catholic here meaning “universal”

 

How familiar are you with these words? Some of us have known and memorized these words from as long as we can remember. Others of us are not familiar with these words and have some serious questions as to the meaning of these phrases. And some of us say these words with little or no thought as to what we are actually saying. Where are you in this conversation?

I did not grow up reciting creeds in my religious upbringing. I was in my 20’s before I was really exposed to the creeds as I started attending a United Methodist Church. Later, in Seminary, the weight and value of this confession of faith and others like it began to take hold.

 Who wrote “The Apostle’s Creed”? Well, probably not the original apostles. Like almost all of the sacred writings of our faith, there is a long and somewhat complicated development of the forms we use. It seems that the early church that was forming in the years after Jesus’s death and resurrection were attempting to develop faith summary statements in the form of hymns and faith confessions. Some of these found their way into scripture even. But the current form of our Apostle’s Creed seems not to have been solidified until the 8th century. Over the next centuries, it has found its way into the worship life of the Western churches (Roman Catholic) and later into Protestant churches.

 In the sermon series that begins June 12, we will look at the meaning and application of the creed phrase by phrase. I believe that there is great importance to these statements of faith and look forward to re-introducing them in this sermon series. I would welcome questions and comments about the content of the creed. Please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail and I will try and answer your question in the sermon. If you think about it, please invite a friend to come and see if getting down to the basics of the faith will inspire us to ignite a new spirit of sharing what we believe and trust to be true.

 I’ll hope to see you Sunday!