We need narrative like we need space-time; it’s a built-in thing.
-David Foster Wallace
The only substitute for good tradition is bad tradition.
Neurologists, philosophers, and sociologists in sophisticated, elite institutions are unearthing what all sorts of cultures have taken for granted for millennia: we are story-shaped creatures. All of us live by some sort of story, some narrative that makes sense of the big questions: Where did we come from? What are we for? What’s a flourishing life? What’s wrong? Where is life headed?
The Apostles’ Creed, one of the most ancient articulations of Christian belief, narrates the essential Christian story; it is our “story of everything,” and has shaped the lives of billions of people across the world and human history. For those of us who are investigating Christian faith, the Creed narrates the essentials of Christian belief - and, for those of us seeking to grow as followers of Jesus, the Creed never ceases to provoke and mature us in life with Christ. Join us this fall, and feel free to invite a friend, as we explore the Apostles’ Creed.
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Want to learn more about the central tenets of Christian faith? Trying to mature and deepen as a follower of Jesus? Want to engage with this series beyond Sunday sermons and home group discussions? Check out these Apostles’ Creed-related resources:
Apostles’ Creed - here are modern and traditional versions of the text of the Creed.
Heidelberg Catechism - one of our church’s confessions (i.e., one of our fundamental articulations of belief). Questions 23-59 elaborate on the affirmations of the Creed.
The Need for Creeds - Jaroslav Pelikan. In this interview between the late Jaroslav Pelikan and Krista Tippett in NPR’s On Being, one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the last century unfolds what creeds are, and why they are so central for Christians.
Tokens of Trust - Rowan Williams. This is a warm, accessible introduction to the affirmations of the Creed by the former head of the Church of England.
The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters - Luke Timothy Johnson. This is a thought-provoking exploration of the Creed by a leading Roman Catholic scholar.