What is a Creed? Why do we say a creed in our worship services every Sunday?
A creed is a statement of what we believe. The word “creed” is an English word which comes from the Latin word “credo” and means “I believe….”
There are simple creeds in the Bible, such as: “Jesus is Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:3). And Peter confessed his faith in Jesus when he said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
There are creeds which were used to teach the Bible’s doctrine, such as the Apostles’ Creed. We say the Creed each Sunday because it reminds us of the teaching of the Apostles of Jesus, which is written down for us in the Bible.
The Bible tells us that our faith is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).
There are also creeds which were written to defend the true teaching of God’s Word against false teaching. The Nicene and Athanasian Creeds are examples of such creeds, as well as the Augsburg Confession and its Apology.
In the Apostles’ Creed, we confess our faith in the Triune God and in the work of the true God to create, redeem and sanctify us and give us a place with Him in heaven.
The Apostles’ 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 and under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From where he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.