Several weeks ago, we recited the Apostles’ Creed during a worship service. In preparation for that service and afterwards, I talked with a few pastors about the significance of the Creed. These conversations prompted me to start memorizing it, and to encourage you to join me!
Bernard wisely says that “Though liturgy often gets a bad rap, much thought went into prayers and creeds we’re familiar with, like the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Nicene Creed. There is value in liturgy; the problem is that we can easily recite them without thinking about them.”
A creed is a statement of faith. The Apostles’ Creed affirms belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and as Bernard put it, “it is a summary of the central features of the gospel.” People of all tribes, nations and tongues are reading and reciting it. What an amazing way to root ourselves corporately in Truth!
As we read the Creed, let’s not simply recite. As we read each phrase, let’s consider the meaning behind the words. Let’s reflect on the many generations that have proclaimed the same truths as we proclaim today. Let’s imagine ourselves reading this together with people of all tribes, nations and tongues. I pray that as you read or memorize, the truth of the gospel would find its home in your heart and mind. I pray that the Lord would unite us as our hearts and minds center around Truth.
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, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into 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.