Dear EM family,
I pray that this email finds you well spiritually and physically.
You probably haven’t seen our hymn books for a while. There list the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and The Lord’s Prayer on the hymn book’s back cover.
I had a chance during a class to learn more about the forming history of these Creeds. When were the creeds written? How were the contents of the creeds determined? And of course, why?
It was not until the fifteenth century, just before the Protestant Reformation, that “Western” scholars began questioning the legends about the origins of the creeds.
Based on these studies, we now know that the Apostles’ Creed’s origins can be traced back as early as the middle of the second century. A formula very similar to the Apostles’ Creed itself was used in Rome for baptism.
Reading the creeds, you can immediately notice they have three main parts, one referring to each of the three persons of the Trinity. And, the section referring to the Son is much more detailed than the other two.
The question is, of course, why?
It is believed that all creeds are historically conditioned. They reflected the prevailing view when they were composed. The creeds were emphasizing those points of doctrine that seemed to be most threatened at the time.
You may consider that those creeds remind us of the gospel’s central points that we express our faith in their words.
So, reread it, see if you consider it your creed or just a creed of the church?
By the way, did you notice that there is not much “Jewishness” in the creeds, if any at all?
Nicene Council in 325 AD for the Nicene Creed
The Apostles’ Creed
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.
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- This Sunday, Pastor Steve Chin will be sharing God’s word with us.
- Live stream Youtube: http://cbcgl.org/resources/live-stream/
- Title: Have You Missed the Christ of Christmas?
- Text: Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 2:1-7
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Your brother in Christ,