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Written by Mark Dommel   
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
 

I Believe

Everybody believes in something. 


  • Evolutionists believe the world is millions, or billions of years old, and all life came from a single cell. 

  • New Age Philosophy believes there is a god, or many gods, that there is an afterlife, and that the use of astrology can give us understanding about ourselves. 

  • Animism believes in the existence of spiritual beings, gods of wind, water, man, animals, and other natural earthly things.

What does a Christian believe? 

The early church fathers knew it was vitally important that Christians could state their beliefs.  Many people could not read, and access to written works was very limited.  A creed, or statement of belief, is concise and could be learned by even the common man.  One of the earliest Christian creeds is known as the Apostles Creed.  The exact origin of this creed is not known, though some credit to the Apostles of Christ.  It is a summary of the teachings of the Apostles, simple, brief, and in a logical order.  It has been used through the ages including today.  Most major denominations use this creed, some with  slightly different wording, but all with the same basic statements of belief. 

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth;

And 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, dead, and buried;

the third day he rose from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and sitteth at 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 Spirit,

the holy catholic* church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

                        United Methodist Hymnal #881

*catholic in this context is understood not as the Roman Catholic church, but as the true Christian church of all times and all places.


Does WHAT I believe affect HOW I live?


The best place to begin is by looking at Scripture.  The following passages show people who said "I believe," and how their beliefs affected their lives. 


Acts 2:42-47 - The Early Church

This passage is often titled "The Fellowship of Believers."  It comes immediately after Peter's message on the Day of Pentecost.  It was on this day that the Holy Spirit first descended on the believers.  Peter preached to the crowds explaining what was happening.  At the end of his message - about 3,000 were saved.  And then we are told how these 3,000 lived. 


Because of their belief, they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to the breaking of bread, to the fellowship and to prayer.  (vs42)  As a result of this the believers were filled with awe as the apostles did many signs and wonders.  They shared their possessions with those in need.  They daily met together in the temple court (God's house of worship), and homes, sharing meals and the Lord's Supper.  (vs 43-46)  As a result of this, they were praising God, found favor with man, and the Lord added to the church DAILY!  (vs 47)

They talked the talk, AND walked the walk.


Acts 5:1-11 - Ananias and Saphira

This Christian couple was caught up in the activities of the previous passage.  They saw others sell property and bring the proceeds to the apostles.  They wanted to be a part of that, but they also wanted to have security.  So they made their plan, to sell their property and bring a part to the church.  The problem was they lied, and portrayed the part they brought as the whole of what they received.  The result - in verse 5 Ananias died, in verse 10 a few hours later, Saphira died. 

They talked the talk, BUT DID NOT walk the walk.


Matthew 26:36-42 & 47-50 - Jesus Christ

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the night before the crucifixion, Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow.  The way of the cross seemed too hard.  He asked the Father for another way, yet was willing to do what the Father desired.  By the time we reach verse 50, Jesus has set his mind to the Father's will and can say to Judas:  "Friend, do what you came for."  The struggle is over. 

Jesus followed through with God's will. 

The result - Salvation for all who accept, believe and act upon His Word.  



What do you believe?  


Creed , by Petra

How does this impact your life?


  • Count the Cost - Luke 14:25-27
  • Cut the Crap - Philippians 3:8
  • Carry the Cross - Luke 9:23
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