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The Apostles Creed-Article 1

The Apostle’s Creed

The First Article
I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth?

What does this mean?
   I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.
   He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have.  He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.
   He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.
   All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me.  For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
This is most certainly true.

Bible Teaching
How God makes Himself known
Natural knowledge
Romans 1:18-23
Romans 2:12-16

Revealed knowledge
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Hebrews 1:1-4

God’s attributes (list some)

Quote
Our churches teach with common consent that the decree of the Council of Nicaea about the unity of the divine essence and the three persons is true.  It is to be believed without any doubt. God is one divine essence who is eternal, without a body, without parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness. He is the maker and preserver of all things, visible and invisible [Nehemiah 9:6].  Yet there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19]. These three persons are of the same essence and power. 4 Our churches use the term person as the Fathers have used it. We use it to signify, not a part or quality in another, but that which subsists of itself.”  Augsburg Confession, Article 1

Our Confession

Creeds

  • We confess our faith in the form of Creeds (from credo, Latin for “I believe”); statements of what we believe.
  • Christians confess their individual faith in the confession of faith made by the church (Creeds, Confessions).
  • We confess the three ecumenical Creeds of the Church (Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian.
  • We confess that the Apostle’s Creed is a true confession of the Apostles (they did not write it).
  • We also confess the works in the Book of Concord to be a true confession of biblical doctrine and reject all false teachings they reject.

The Trinity

  • We confess that God is three Persons in one God.
  • We confess that the Triune God makes Himself known through natural knowledge (the existence of the world and our conscience).  Such natural knowledge that there is a god does not necessarily reveal the true God.*We confess that the Triune God reveals Himself truthfully in His Word.
  • We confess that God has many attributes, all of which comes from God’s Word.
  • We confess that God the Father is revealed as especially Creator, the Son Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Sanctifier.

Discussion Questions

1. What is the value of Creeds?

2. What is the value of, and problem with, natural knowledge of God?

3. How does revealed knowledge of God affect our confession and mission?

Prayer
Lord, help us to know and confess You all our lives.  Amen

 

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