July 31

A Note from David

Most Sundays, as a part of our worship, we say The Apostles’ Creed.  By doing it so often, there is danger that the recitation of the creed becomes rote and meaningless.  So why do we do it? 
The repetition of the creed puts into our memory a concise statement of Christian belief, of that which sets us apart from other religions.  The creed is based on the fact that God is three in one – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  There is great value in having a short statement of Christian belief as a part of our memory bank.
The Apostles’ Creed goes back to at least the fourth century A.D.  Our use of the creed reminds us that we are part of an historic tradition with deep, proven, time-tested roots.  We are not New Age or a recent cult that has suddenly discovered a new way.
And use of an affirmation of faith also reminds us that we are shaped by what we believe.  If one believes she is worthless, then she becomes worthless.  If a man believes he is powerful all on his own, he tries to live that out with disastrous consequences.  Christian affirmations of faith remind us that there is an almighty God who loves us and calls us to be wrapped up in His purposes.  And if we believe that, we seek to live lives with an eternal outlook for ourselves, for the good of people, and for the glory of God.
Songwriter Rich Mullins put the Apostles’ Creed to music and added this chorus:
            I did not make it, but it is making me.
            It is the very truth of God, not the invention of any man.
So I invite you to join in wholeheartedly and thoughtfully as together we affirm our faith in God – Father, Son, and Holy   Spirit.


Evan McElreath