This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” This series walks through the Apostles Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend of this series will explore the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Creed in our daily lives.
This weekend I preached on the first article of the creed: “I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.”
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9)
Introducing this series
Why a series on the Apostles’ Creed?
What is the Apostles’ Creed?
“I Believe in”: Belief and Faith as:
An expression of trust: The creed is a cry of dependent trust in the Triune God.
A description of truth: The creed is a doctrinal summary of our shared faith.
A story to live: The creed is a family story that we prayerfully live within.
God the Father
The relationship within the Triune Godhead (Matthew 28:19)
The relationship between God and His people (Isaiah 63:16; Matthew 6:9)
God the Almighty
The universal power of God (Ephesians 4:6)
The personal power of God (Ephesians 1:19-20)
God the Creator of Heaven and Earth
The creative work of God in the seen (Genesis 1-2)
The creative work of God in the unseen (Jeremiah 51:15; Acts 14:15)
Living this part of the Apostles’ Creed
Living by believing
Knowing God as Father
Letting go because God is Almighty
Praising and thanking God through His Creation
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Deuteronomy 6:4-5 or Ephesians 4:4-6
- Read and/or pray through the entire Apostles’ Creed. Consider memorizing it.
- For further background on The Apostles’ Creed, consider reading:
- Joe Carter’s “9 Things You Should Know About the Apostles’ Creed”