The Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed

Take an in-depth look at the core beliefs that all faithful Christians share as outlined in the Apostles' Creed.

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About this Lesson Series

Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Discipline: Theology
Course Group: Basic Christian Doctrine
Download: Course Materials, Academic Packets

There are many denominations, divisions and theological disputes in the modern church. But despite these types of disunity, there is a common core of belief that all faithful Christians have affirmed throughout history. And for almost two millennia, this core of belief has been summarized in the Apostles' Creed. This series explains the history and use of the Apostles' Creed, as well as the details and significance of each of its articles of faith.

Series Goals:

  • Introduce viewers to the history and value of the Apostles' Creed.
  • Explain each of the doctrines listed in the Apostles' Creed.
  • Demonstrate the relevance of these doctrines to the modern church.
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    The Apostles' Creed: The Articles of Faith

    This lesson looks at the Apostles' Creed as a summary of the articles or doctrines that must be affirmed by all those who would call themselves "Christian." It speaks of the history of the Creed, provides an overview of its statements, and focuses on the importance of its doctrines for today.

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    The Apostles' Creed: God the Father

    This lesson addresses the basic idea of God, looking at some general things the Bible teaches about his existence and nature. It focuses on the phrase "Father Almighty," paying attention to some distinctive qualities of the first person of the Trinity. And it explores the Father's role as the Maker, or creator, of everything that exists.

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    The Apostles' Creed: Jesus Christ

    This lesson speaks of the divinity of Jesus Christ, looking at things like the nature of his divinity, and his relationship to the other members of the Trinity. It looks at his humanity, and discusses the relationship between his divine and human natures. And it talks about his work both during and after his earthly ministry.

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    The Apostles' Creed: The Holy Spirit

    This lesson talks about the Holy Spirit's divinity, his full membership in the Godhead. It considers his personhood, noting that the Holy Spirit is a true person and not simply a divine force. And it explores the work that the Holy Spirit did in the past, and that he continues to do today.

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    The Apostles' Creed: The Church

    This lesson looks at the divine sanction of the church, and at the facts that the church is holy, catholic or universal, and a communion.

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    The Apostles' Creed: Salvation

    This discussion of salvation addresses the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the nature of everlasting life.