October 18, 2019

“Back to Basics: I Believe”

This coming Sunday, we’ll start a six-week series on the faith essentials essential contained in the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is the earliest summation of Christian belief dating back to the second century.  While it wasn’t written by the original apostles, it was based upon their biblical writings.  One of the wonderful features of the Apostles’ Creed is that it only uses language taken directly from the Scriptures. Originally, the creed was used to prepare believers for baptism and church membership.  More often than not, the 12 faith statements of the creed were posed as questions.  For example, the leader would ask, “Do you believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth?”  To which the candidate would reply, “Yes, this I believe,” and so forth. On Sunday, we’ll talk about the differences between blind belief and biblical belief.  We’ll also discover that there are some things we must believe if we’re to call ourselves a Christian.  To be a follower of Jesus, you can’t just make up what you want to believe or discard what you don’t want to believe. My message will focus on three truths contained in the first line of the Apostle’s Creed:

There is a God.

God is the Father Almighty.

God is the Creator of heaven and earth.

I hope you plan to be with us this coming Sunday as we get this exciting series underway. I’m praying our study of the Apostles’ Creed brings greater balance to our faith, enhances our community as fellow-believers, and increases the biblical counsel we have in hand to offer ourselves and others. See you Sunday, pastor jamie