Pastor Matt Chandler Explains Meaning, Relevance of the Apostles’ Creed In 12-Week Series

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Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas is explaining the meaning and relevance of the Apostles’ Creed to his congregation in an ongoing sermon series because “the lines of the creed aren’t mere words” but they carry “the essence of what we confess and believe.”

Beginning late August, Chandler has been taking his congregation through a 12-week series of sermons on the Apostles’ Creed, elaborating on each section of the statement of faith, which finds its genesis in the apostles’ teachings.

“The creed will help us develop better symmetry as Christians, give us a more robust understanding of the God of the Bible,” the pastor said in the first sermon in the series. “The creed helps us with clarity. It makes it clear who God is. The creed informs our community, who we belong to and who we are with. Finally, the creed informs our counsel, both to ourselves and to others.”

However, he clarified that creeds do not hold any authority in and of themselves, but rather they point outside of themselves to the ultimate authority of the Word of God.

Chandler read out the creed: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator 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. He descended into Hell and the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and sits on the right hand of the Father almighty, from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting, amen.”

 

Giving a scriptural introduction to the creed, the pastor referred to Romans 10:9-10: “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord you’ll be saved, but if you look at the context of Scripture, the text does not say, “Know,” he explained. It says, “Believe.” “It’s important because belief leads to action, and knowing may or may not,” the pastor said, adding that that leads to justification, right standing before God, which then leads ultimately to a confession with our mouth that Jesus is Lord.

The creed brings in symmetry, Chandler told the congregation. “You love the Gospels. You love Jesus. That’s a good thing. You can tell all of the stories from the Gospels. … You love all that about Him, and yet somewhere along the way you’ve lost sight of the fact that Jesus is still alive. He is ascended. He is seated at the right hand of God.”

 

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar

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