Why We Still Use The Apostles' Creed At CCC
April 6, 2018
Pastor ALvin HElms
One of the values at Carlsbad Community Church is: Our Stories Matter. We value our individual stories because they build bridges of understanding and unite us together in God’s eternal story. We see a good basis for this idea in Psalm 71:15-18:
15 My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all the day,
for their number is past my knowledge.
16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18 So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
One of the benefits of sharing in the Apostles’ Creed together is based on the belief that to believe is to belong to a community of believers. When you place your trust in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins you enter a new story. You enter a community of faith that goes all the way back to the first century in the Upper Room where Jesus met with His disciples.
Placing your trust In Jesus as your Lord and Savior opens the door to a new story which places you as a member of Christ’s body, the church, which uses this creed as an expression of faith. As you participate in saying the creed with the church family you are remembering the many women and men throughout the centuries who have used this expression of faith long before you were ever born. It is a regular reminder that you are not the only one who has placed your total trust in Jesus to save you from your sins.
What a joyful experience to be reminded that you share the faith and the very words that many believers have shared over the years as an expression of their faith In Jesus. It is reminder that your story matters. Better yet; you have been included in God’s bigger and better story of redemption.
The beauty of the Apostles’ Creed is that it affirms that we as believers are now part of God’s story of grace. As we recite the creed together we remember that we are people who live within the great story of a God who created us and loves us and calls us into an intimate relationship with Himself and with other believers all over the world. As Matt Chandler has noted: when we recite the creed together it is simultaneously our greatest act of rebellion against all other cultural creeds and our greatest act of allegiance. When the church gathers we are proclaiming our creed while at the same time rejecting the popular stories and creeds of our own day and time in history.
So, the next time you worship with us at CCC and recite the Apostles’ Creed with us you will be sharing in a worship experience that dates back to the early church. As we recite this creed proclaiming biblical truths we are rejecting the modern story that would have us not take God’s Word seriously and applicable to our own time in history.
We still affirm that God has come into the world to save sinners. We believe that God has instructed us how to live and how to experience His forgiveness and life eternal. As we proclaim the creed we are rejecting the creeds of alternative stories of what it means to be a faithful Christian in our day.
Listed below is The Apostles’ Creed. Take some time this week to read it and meditate on the truths of the creed. I would love to hear your comments about how the Apostles’ Creed has been a blessing to you in your Christian journey.
Because of His grace,
The Apostles 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;
He descended into hell;
The third day He arose again 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 Christian Church,
The communion of the saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.