I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from whence He shall come to judge the quick* 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.
* quick means living.
* catholic means universal.
Dorothy Sayers, in her book Creed or Chaos, states:
“The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man. God’s plan of rescuing sinful man is the greatest drama ever staged…”
We remind ourselves of this when we profess our faith using the Apostles’ Creed.
However the Apostles’ Creed was not written only for us to profess our faith but mainly for us to live out its truths.
Rich Mullins reflects on the intent of this creed in his popular song called “Creed”:
“I did not make it (the creed). No, it is making me.
It is the very truth of God and not the invention of any man.”
The Holy Spirit uses the truths of the Apostles’ Creed to teach us that:
Our lives are lived best…
• With the triune God at the center: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• Knowing confidently what we believe.
• Relationally. The creed reminds us of the relationships that gather and guide us: Our relationship with God and His people, the church.
• Connected to the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Suffering and death do not have the final word. Our earthly journey is indeed filled with suffering and sorrows. Yet, the final word for worshipers of Jesus is life.
Let us resolve to serve and live in such a way that others experience His gift of “life everlasting.”