Why Do We Recite The Apostles Creed?
If you grew up in a Baptist church within the last 50 years chances are you didn’t grow up reciting Christian Creeds. As such many Baptist feel that reciting creeds is something that belongs to more liturgical churches, or may even feel that the creeds shouldn’t be used because of their relation to Roman Catholicism. Memorizing and reciting creeds however, is not a Roman Catholic tradition at all. The Apostles Creed dates back to the second century, long before the rise of the organized Roman Catholic Church we know today. Christians through the centuries have seen great value in memorizing statements of faith that remind us of the core truths about Jesus and his work for us. Less than 100 years ago Baptist regularly taught such memorized statements to their children to help them understand the world around them through the bible. Today many Baptist Churches, ours included, are reclaiming this heritage of memorizing and reciting statements of faith that teach us and our children the basics of the Bibles teaching. The Apostles Creed is the oldest of these statements, with its roots reaching back to the second century. Its exact wording has changed slightly over the years, but its core truths have stayed the same. We recite a version updated to be understandable in our language and time. We encourage you to learn the Creed and teach it to your kids if you have them, to help your whole family learn these essential Christian truths.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe 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;
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,
to sit at the right hand of the Father,From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy worldwide Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting.