However, there is virtually no evidence that this took place, or even that any apostles were directly involved in the writing of the creed. Almost certainly though these questions are questions that were asked of baptismal candidates going back perhaps as far back as forty or fifty years after Christ. So, a person would be asked, do you believe in God the Father, maker of heaven and earth?
Introduction The year has now been and gone and we are well into the third millennium, yet Christians around the world still continue to confess their faith by reciting the Apostles Creed which can trace its origins to the first century A.
You might ask, 'should we still be using this creed at all'? Our society has become increasingly sceptical about the value of many things which were once held sacrosanct.
Authority is now questioned almost instinctively and in this anti-authoritarian period, tradition is not revered in the way that it once was. This challenging attitude is no less true in Christianity where value is often placed foremost upon our own experience and immediate gratification.
It would be fair to say that whilst the occasional clergyman is asked to leave the church for saying God is an elephant or something equally drastic, most of the time anything goes in terms of belief. That is provided that newspapers do not report it too widely!
Many people would consider a religious experience which they have had to be of importance, whilst the doctrine or the belief of the church, is largely irrelevant. Make no mistake - at the outset let us remember that a personal encounter with God is what Christianity is all about. However, as soon as we start to talk about God to others and share our experience, as soon as we speak about Jesus and what he means to us -then we are using words, which are doctrinal statements.
So doctrine, our beliefs, are important and we cannot do without them. The church today is ultimately pragmatic and if something works, especially in terms of attracting people into church, then it is endorsed.
In the midst of this it may seem a hopeless case to justify studying the Apostles' Creed. However this may be exactly the right time for us Christians to connect ourselves to what all Christians everywhere have always believed.
In so doing we remind ourselves that despite ever-changing social circumstances, the Christian faith is not just 'ours. Our faith has grown and been handed down to us, to the extent that we believe what we do today because others believed it before us -yesterday and they faithfully passed it on.
We must not betray that trust, we have a duty to learn and most importantly-to think. Why do we say the creed? Christians are necessarily a part of a community of faith. When we affirm our faith in Christ we join a body of people whom we must accept as brothers and sisters whether we like it or not.
When we openly declare our beliefs in the Apostles Creed we unite ourselves to Christians in the past, present and future. We are a part of a family of faith and our belief is shared with others -we are part of a communion of faith.
It is appropriate therefore that the Apostles Creed is said corporately as well as privately. It is to be shared and communicated, hence it needs to be defined.
The Apostles Creed helps to define the faith 'This is what I believe' In the letter of Jude, verse 3, the writer says the following 'Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. This does not mean that the Apostles Creed is a cage from which we might not grow.
Rather as we think about the creedal statements of the Church we are able to move forward in our own belief. The Apostles Creed challenges us to think about our knowledge of Scripture and ultimately our knowledge of God.The most important predecessor of the Apostles Creed was the Old Roman Creed, which was probably developed during the second half of the second century.
Around A.D. , the Roman Christians would need these words to refute Marcion as well as a statement for use in baptism. Statements of what we believe can be divisive, however one of the features of the Apostles Creed is that is ecumenical.
It affirms belief upon which Christians across the denominations can agree. In the Lambeth Conference recognised the Apostles Creed as one of the four pillars of Christian unity. The Apostles’ creed is the oldest statement of faith in the Christian church, written sometime in the second century AD.
The creed defines core Christian beliefs about God, Jesus, the church, salvation, and other theological topics. This six-session study, based on Alister McGrath's book I Believe, introduces us to the Apostles' Creed and the essential truths about God the Father, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
The Apostles' Creed is an ideal starting point for this vital process of consolidating our grasp of the faith. This lesson looks at the Apostles' Creed as a summary of the articles or doctrines that must be affirmed by all those who would call themselves Christian.
And we face a similar question when we approach the study of Christian theology. After all, there are countless churches that we would consider to be "Christian," and many of them.
A Systematic Study in Christian Theology. Early Creeds of the Christian Church. Definition: Creed \’kreed\ [ME crede, from OE creeda, from Latin credo (“I believe” the first word of the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds), About the Apostles’ Creed.