As a church, we are learning the Apostle's Creed. Over the next few weeks, we will have different members of our church explaining the different lines of the creed.
Kicking us off, we have Zach Daniel, our lead pastor!
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living 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.
Beliefs are a powerful thing.
This Spring, my daughter and I have been reading the book, "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry", which is a story about a black family in share-cropper South. The book tells the story of the family, and their community, both black and white.
At one point in the book, the mother of the family tries to explain to the daughter about why the daughter has been treated disrespectfully by a white community member.
What did she start the explanation with?
"They believe...." It was their beliefs that shaped their actions, and shaped the narrative of that community.
The same is true of all of us. We are all people of faith, one way or another. We build belief systems to make sense of life. We give some of those systems names like atheist, agnostic, Jewish, pessimist, optimist, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, secular, or Christian. We all have reasons why we have arrived at those belief systems, and our priorities, relationships, and communities are shaped out of those narratives.
The Apostle's Creed is a statement of belief. Scholars believes that it was formulated as early as 100 AD, and summarizes the essentials beliefs of the Christian faith- the narrative that Christians for ages and generations, have been shaped by.
What do you believe? How does it shape you? Why do you believe what you believe?
How would the beliefs lined out in the Apostle's Creed shape the story from which you are living?
Over the next several months, we will be walking through the Apostle's creed on our blog talking not only about what the beliefs are but the why behind the what of the beliefs.