Tuesday, October 11, 2022

"I believe..."

Our congregation once used the Seventh Day Baptist Statement of Belief, along with scripture and hymns appropriate to each affirmation, in our weekly worship service. We also sometimes repeated together the Apostles' Creed. Today I ran across a useful definition of "creed" included in "5 Things You Should Know about Creeds":
The word “creed” comes from the Latin word credo, which simply means “I believe.” The plural form is credimus, which means “we believe.” In short, when we recite a creed, we are simply making a statement concerning what we believe. What this means is that if you believe anything, you have a creed. What if you say, “I believe in no creed but Christ”? Well, then, that’s your creed. It’s a short creed, but it is a creed. When we understand that creeds are human statements of faith, it also helps us better understand the relationship between Scripture and creeds. Holy Scripture is inspired. The Greek word in 2 Timothy 3:16 is theopneustos, which literally means “God-breathed.” Scripture is the inspired Word of God. Creeds are non-inspired words of men. In the Scriptures, we hear God saying, “Thus saith the Lord...” In the creeds, we respond, “We believe you...”
That is the first of the "5 Things." All five:
  1. The word “creed” comes from the Latin word credo, which simply means “I believe.”
  2. The Bible itself uses creed-like summaries.
  3. The Apostles did not write the Apostles’ Creed.
  4. The Nicene Creed was written in order to defend the biblical teaching concerning God against heretics.
  5. The use of creeds is not a slippery slope to Roman Catholicism.

The Apostle's Creed from "Morning Prayer" in The Book of Common Prayer, 1559:

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