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Introduction to Creedal Curiosities (The Apostles’ Creed)

5pm, 7pm, Announcements, Preaching Program

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Coming up at St Michael’s Anglican Cathedral, 5pm & 7pm June 2016.

Over the next 3 weeks we’ll look at some Creedal Curiosities – lines from the Apostles’ Creed that many people find puzzling.

  • Do we really still believe that Jesus was “born of the Virgin Mary”? Why does it matter?
  • And what does it mean to say Jesus “descended into hell”? When and where?
  • And what on earth (or heaven!) is the “communion of saints”?

Most importantly, we’ll ask: what does the Bible say about these things?

But here’s some background on the Apostles’ Creed. It’s a statement of faith we say regularly at church. It’s agreed on and used very widely across the denominations: not only Anglicans but Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians and the Reformed Churches, Methodists, Congregationalists, and more.

The word ‘creed’ itself comes from the Latin word, “Credo” = “I believe”. The statement was not written by the Apostles. But it’s a good summary of much apostolic teaching found in the New Testament.

It developed in the first few centuries of the Church, being standardised in the 8th century. It was used by those Christians to summarise key aspects of what we believe, focussing on God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the things they’ve done. The Creed also reminds us of the blessings God bring us.

Reciting it together gives us a regular public opportunity to affirm these central gospel truths. As such it also fosters biblical unity within and across Christian congregations.

Therefore if we’re to say it with understanding and joy, we need to know what its words mean. This short series will also give us a chance to go deeper with some important Christian doctrine.

I hope you look forward to delving into some creedal curiosities.

Sandy Grant
Senior Minister

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