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I Believe in the Holy Spirit (Apostles Creed)

The Apostles’ Creed has a Trinitarian structure, as it is commonly divided into three sections with the first section focusing on God the Father, the second section on God the Son, and the third section on God the Holy Spirit. Each section begins by stating belief in the respective member...

Church Officers: Elder and Deacons

This past weekend, many of the Faith Church campuses ordained and installed new elders and deacons (with the rest ordained and installed this weekend). This is a good time to pause and consider why we have these officers and how they are to function, so we will break this week from the...

And is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead

The last couple of phrases of the second section of the Apostles’ Creed describe what Jesus is presently doing and what he will do in the future, as it notes that he “is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty” and that “he will come to judge the living and...

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven

Stories told of historical figures chronicle their lives and deaths; there might be some sort of epilogue or discussion of their legacy, but their story effectively ends when they die. The story of Jesus found in the gospels and recounted in the second part of the Apostles’ Creed is...

He Descended to Hell (Apostles' Creed)

The phrase, “he descended to Hell” is probably the least understood or most confusing phrase in the Apostles’ Creed, so it seems worthwhile to devote an entire post to these four words. Some churches omit this phrase when reciting the creed because it is confusing and is...

He Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Was Crucified, Dead, and Buried

The cross is the symbol of the Christian religion. This is appropriate because the death of Jesus Christ is the heart of the Christian faith; however, the familiar nature of this symbol may cause us to forget the importance of the cross. Therefore, we need to pause to consider the reality and...

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...

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