Classes at the church Wednesday 6 p.m. on dates listed below.
|July 27, 2022||Introduction to the Apostles Creed|
1 hour 30 minutes
|August 3, 2022||God the Father|
1 hour 40 minutes
Good and very technical in some places.
|August 10, 2022||Jesus Christ|
Note: Good presentation except for nature of soul and spirit being one. Dismisses the clear teaching of 1 Thessalonians 5.23 as if once is not enough for the settling of a doctrinal truth. Also explanation of Jesus descending into hell shallow and misses the mark. Does not take into account 1 Peter 18.20 that clearly places Jesus preaching to the condemned in hell.
|August 17, 2022||The Holy Spirit|
|August 24, 2022||The Church|
This study booklet on the church was written as part of my masters program.
There is no recommended video for this lesson. The series I have used for the rest of the study contains too much material that is inaccurate or Biblically unsound, so don't go there.
|August 31, 2022||The Saints|
|September 7, 2022||The Forgiveness of Sin|
|September 14, 2022||No Wednesday Service||No Wednesday Service|
|September 21, 2022||The Resurrection of the Dead|
& Eternal Life
Q: What is the Apostles’ Creed?
A: The Apostles’ Creed, though not written by the apostles, is the oldest creed of the Christian church and is the basis for others that followed. Its most used form is:
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 Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered 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 sitteth on 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 Ghost; The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
In its oldest form, the Apostles’ Creed goes back to at least 140 A.D. Many of the early church leaders summed up their beliefs as they had an opportunity to stand for their faith—see, for example, 1 Timothy 6:12. These statements developed into a more standard form to express one’s confession of faith at the time of baptism. It is not Scripture, but it is a simple list of the great doctrines of the faith.
The word “catholic” means “relating to the church universal” and was the word used in the original version of the Creed. It does not mean the Roman Catholic Church, but the church, the body of Christ, as a universal fellowship. The phrase, “He descended into hell,” was not part of the creed in its earliest form.*
The Church of God Anderson, to which I belong, rejected all creeds as teachings of man and said that the Bible would be its sole source of doctrinal statement. This self-serving statement put the doctrinal beliefs of the movement into the hands of one man and his successor while rejecting two centuries of Biblical studies. I find that creeds used properly are an outline of basic beliefs that allow adherence to state their beliefs simply. Creeds are not designed to replace the Bible but to be used as a tool for learning and worship. This study is designed to look at the key elements of the Apostles Creed with a Biblical foundation.