Credo: I Believe –
One of the things I am most thankful for as an adult Christian is the fact that I grew up attending Church. Granted, there were many times when I was there that I wished I wasn’t and I often wondered why it was so important to my folks that I be present and accounted for each time the Church was open but as they say, “Hindsight is 20/20”, and now I can look back on my childhood and praise God for His grace concerning my upbringing and the local Church.
Now, I grew up in a small church…an imperfect one at that (as all churches are). It was a church without a large pool of resources in a very rural setting. Often I quietly wondered what I was missing out on because of the limitations our church had, how I could be more entertained if I were involved in a larger Childrens/Youth Group, be happier elsewhere and I guess there was at least some validity in my concerns but truthfully most of them were pretty petty.
At the end of the day, I was getting truth, and that was sufficient.
I’d be remissed if I didn’t say that I didn’t even realize that I was being fed life changing truth. Truth is, this life changing truth didn’t always come from a sermon our Pastor was preaching or Sunday School lesson (complete with flannel graph) that a gracious and capable instructor was teaching. Sure, they offered truth but I rarely listened with any intention on hearing (there IS a difference between listening and hearing….more on that at a later date). No, the truth would be pressed into my soul each Sunday as I recited a Creed along with every other person in our small congregation, whether old or young. I quoted it weekly, though sometimes mindlessly so. I memorized it as a very, very young child and didnt realize until much later how much it really mattered to me.
As a freshly converted teen, I became pretty open about sharing my faith. At one witnessing encounter I was asked by the friend that I was sharing with…”OK, so just what DO you believe anyway”. Suprisingly, there was not a moments hesitation. My mouth (and heart) opened and out that “meaningless” Creed came
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into death.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.”
As Suprised as I was, I said it AND I meant it.
The Word “Creed” essentially means “I Believe”. The Apostles Creed is simply a statement of Belief. This Statement has been one of the most beautiful and beneficial aspects of my life…and I’d love to tell you why
This Wednesday at DS, we’ll begin a Study of the Apostles Creed. It’s orgin, Its signifigance. It’s meaning.
At the conclusion of our study, I’ll give you a booklet I’ve written concerning how to incorporate that Creed into Family devotions and why thats so beneficial to you AND to your children.
I Pray you’ll join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Love You All and Soli deo Gloria!- Pastor Kyle