Can you imagine a world without maps? How would we know where we are going? Maps are amazing tools and serve as a great resource in helping us find our way around this world. Sometimes we need very detailed maps for our journey, and sometimes all we need is a large-scale map to help us get our bearings and find our place.
While the Scriptures aren’t a geographical map, they do serve us as the greatest, most important “map” we have. In sixty-six books, our Scriptures give a detailed account of the greatest story ever told (Jesus), walk us through our place and purpose in this world, and guide and inform our beliefs. Our Scriptures are the very words of God and serve as the greatest resource we have in helping us find our place in this world.
For a couple thousand years, many people have tried to summarize our Scriptures to give us a “large-scale” map to help us get our bearings and find our place in this world. A summary of the Scriptures is often called a “creed.” The word creed literally means “belief.”
The most commonly accepted and respected creed is referred to as the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is a simplified road map, ignoring many details but enabling us to see at a glance the foundational points of what Jesus-followers believe.
This coming weekend we will start a new sermon series on the Apostles’ Creed. Our intention in doing this series is to use the Apostles’ Creed to help us teach Scripture. Creeds do not hold any authority in and of themselves, but rather they point outside themselves to the ultimate authority of the Word of God. The Apostles’ Creed lays out the foundational elements of our faith, and as we go through this series we will be studying the Scripture that walks us through these truths.
I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his 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.
He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father almighty,
and he will come 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 life everlasting. Amen.
I hope you’ll join us as we study the foundational elements of our faith. This is also a great series for those curious about Jesus and curious about faith. Please consider inviting a friend, family member, neighbor, etc. that might be interested. Hope to see you this weekend.