WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?
“I believe what I believe is what makes me what I am. I did not make it. No it is making me. It is the very truth of God, not the invention of any man.” Rich Mullins, Creed.
Before we were called Christians, followers of Jesus were called believers. We believed something in particular. The simplest version is that “Jesus is Lord”. What that means and how that came to be is the subject of the whole New Testament. The short answer is the Apostle’s Creed.
Though the final form of this creed was not written by the apostles as some legends say, it is a summary of what they taught. And it is the basic content of the gospel.
Christians from every background agree on this basic outline of our faith. It is one of three “ecumenical” creeds that the early Christians crafted to express what Christians believe. (The Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed are the other two.)
When we talk about being a “centered set” church, we say shorthand that Jesus is our center. But this is the content of what we mean by that. Not just the teachings of Jesus, as important as they are. More than the death of Jesus, as central as it is. All of this is what we mean by believing in Jesus.
Of course there is more to learn and believe about Jesus. There is more to do to put his teachings into practice. But these are the essentials that unite us. This is the hill we die on, so to speak. Sunday I will unpack this beautifully concise statement with you. Tune in on our YouTube Channel or join us at 8:45 or 10:45 AM inside or on the patio.