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Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary

A common critique of the Apostles’ Creed is that it doesn’t discuss Jesus’s life, as it moves straight from Jesus’s birth (“conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary”) to his death (“suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, died, and...

Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

The second section of the Apostles’ Creed is the longest and focuses on the person and work of Jesus. The description of Jesus points to him being fully God and fully man, with the first part of this section highlighting his names and titles. We will look at these four terms to see their...

Maker of Heaven and Earth

The first phrase of the Apostles’ Creed focuses on God the Father and creation. In addition to calling God Father and Almighty, it declares Him to be the maker of heaven and earth. Why is it important for us to know that He made heaven and earth? Let me highlight five key ideas that emerge...

God the Father Almighty

The Apostles’ Creed is structured around the key Christian belief of the Trinity, that there is one God who exists eternally in three persons. This is monotheism as we believe there is only one God, not multiple gods, which was especially common in the ancient world. This monotheism...

Intro to the Apostles' Creed

Before examining the Apostles’ Creed (using the insights of the Heidelberg Catechism), I thought it would be beneficial to have a little background on the creed and to think about its value for today. Origins of the Creed Some have said that the Apostles’ Creed was effectively...

Highlights from Heidelberg - The Apostles' Creed

Over the past couple of years, this blog has journeyed through the Belgic Confession (Blogging the Belgic) and the Canons of Dort (Digging into Dort). Some have asked if I was planning on completing the circuit through the Three Forms of Unity (the confessions of our church tradition that serve...

The Best Book on Missions I Ever Read

  As we begin a series on Missions here at Faith Church, I thought I would share a few thoughts about the best book I have ever read on the topic of missions - Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper. This book is now in its third edition (I have a copy of the first edition, so any quotes...

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