Exploring the Theology of the Apostle’s Creed
The basics of the Christian faith have remained the same for centuries. The early church established statements of belief, called creeds, as a way of summarizing many of the doctrinal truths expressed in Scripture. These creeds have been affirmed by the church around the world for nearly 2,000 years.
During this series, we will explore one of the most important of these theological declarations: The Apostles’ Creed. We will dig into these core Christian beliefs and the impact of right (and wrong) understandings of them for our lives today.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day, he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again 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.
What do you believe about God? Does it align with how Scripture describes Him? Right thoughts, beliefs, and decisions begin with a right view of God. And a wrong view of God can lead to some messed up thinking, heretical beliefs, and poor decision-making. Join Pastor Greg as he begins the Apostles Creed with a foundational view of God and its dramatic implications for our daily life. (9/3/17)
Some will argue that Jesus was just a good moral teacher. Others will say he was a prophet among many others. While still others will argue for a historical Jesus rather than a religious one. But the Bible doesn’t teach any of these. It paints a very different picture of Jesus, one that’s difficult to ignore or dismiss. Jesus began his life in a way that was unprecedented—never before and never since. (9/10/17)
Why is it important that Jesus suffered, died, and was buried in a tomb? Why couldn’t he save the world without dying? Pastor Greg shares the spiritual and practical impact of this critical piece of Christian theology. It has radical implications on how we relate to God and practice our faith. (9/17/17)
The resurrection and the ascension are two of the most remarkable events in Jesus’ life. Through them, he radically changed his relationship with the Father and the world. This week, Pastor Greg explores these two events, the promises fulfilled in them, and the power unleashed through them. (9/24/17)
People appreciate Jesus as a good moral teacher. They affirm his teachings on love and turning the other cheek. But when it comes to seeing Jesus as a judge, we tend to get uneasy. Have we been good person? Have we gone to church enough? These can be unsettling questions if we don’t know where we stand in God’s eyes. Join Pastor Greg to understand better what it means for Jesus to be our judge and how we can be sure he’ll rule in our favor. (10/1/17)
The Holy Spirit is one of the most misunderstood, confusing, and even neglected aspects of the Trinity. (It doesn’t help that for centuries the church called him the Holy Ghost.) But, Jesus taught clearly on the Holy Spirit. This week, Pastor Greg sorts through the confusion to give you a clear picture of the Holy Spirit and his role in your life. (10/8/17)
Through scandals, hypocrisy, and fundamentalism, the Church has taken a beating in modern, American society. But it still stands, as it has for 2,000 years, as the family of God and the hope of the world. This week, allow God to expand your understanding beyond Sunday morning into something so much more. (10/15/17)
Do you have difficulty forgiving people? Do you hold onto resentment or punish others for how they treat you? Do you believe God forgives you of your sins? How you see God’s forgiveness tends to leak out into our family, friendships, and relationships with others. But this is such a critical theology in God’s economy that we can’t afford to get it wrong. (10/22/17)
Because Jesus defeated death, Christians can have full assurance that we will not only be raised from the dead but that we will live with God forever. What will happen at the end of time? What will come of people? In the Bible, God presents resurrection as one of the great answers to these questions. But what exactly is “resurrection of the body” and “life everlasting.” Join Pastor Greg to understand how and why Christians will be raised from the dead. (10/29/17)