Depending on your church tradition, you may or may not be familiar with the words of the Apostle’s Creed. I grew up in a church where we memorized the words in Sunday school at a very young age. Our teachers taught us what the words meant and why we stood and said these words each Sunday in church.
The Apostle’s Creed is still a great way for people to learn about the Christian faith. For those who are new to the faith, the words can help people learn, ask questions, and grow. For those who have been Christians for a while, it can be helpful to look over the words of the creed to remember and affirm what we believe. On difficult days and in trying times, the words of the Apostle’s Creed remind us that no matter what we are facing, it’s all worth it.
I wrote a paper in which I went through the Apostle’s Creed, line by line, and elaborated on the beliefs involved with each line. I have posted that paper as a free PDF on my website.
In addition to speaking the words of the Apostle’s Creed to affirm our faith, I believe it’s also helpful to pray through these words. We can pray this for ourselves and our families, for our local church, and for our church around the world.
Here’s another idea. Does the confirmation class at your church learn the Apostle’s Creed? Whether that is a part of their teaching or not, you can be sure they are learning about what we believe as followers of Christ and why we believe it. What a great way to support your confirmation class by praying the Apostle’s Creed as you intercede for them.
How do you pray the Apostle’s Creed? The simplest way would be to say the words to God. It becomes your prayer, your way of telling God you believe who He says He is, and you believe what He has done for us in Christ.
You can also turn each line into a prayer, as the Holy Spirit leads you. For example, here is the first line:
“I believe in God the Father, Almighty”
Lord, thank You for being our heavenly Father. Thank You for the faith You have placed in our hearts so we can believe that You are our God. Lord, we don’t want to take that faith or that belief for granted. It is a gift from You. Thank You for Your grace that has drawn us to You and has helped us to believe in You. Thank You for being our God and for reaching through the darkness to save us and to bring us back to You. Thank You that You are the Almighty God. Nothing can shake You. You stand strong to protect us, love us, and guide us. Help us always to turn to You and to seek You. Help us to live each day in ways that will help others see and know that You are God.
Here is the next line:
“Maker of heaven and earth”
God, thank You for creating heaven and earth. Thank You for Your marvelous works that we see all around us in nature. Help us to care for this beautiful planet You have given us. Help us to care for the natural world and for all of the people You have created. Forgive us when we bring harm to Your world. Help us to better love and serve You by the way we treat others. God, thank You for showing us that You are the Creator of all things. You are bigger and more powerful than all things. Nothing should shake our peace because nothing can come between us and Your love. Remind us of that daily. We are so grateful that the Creator of all things desires to be in relationship with us and to talk with us. Help us to be more mindful during our busy lives to pay attention to You and to spend time with You.
That’s the idea. This is just an example. Begin with a line from the Apostle’s Creed and let the Holy Spirit lead you in prayer.
How amazing if your church would pray the Apostle’s Creed daily during the time your confirmation class is meeting. Intercede for them as they learn and grow in the faith, and pray this for you and your family as well.
God bless you.
Here is a beautiful and inspiring song, “By Faith.” This song comes to mind every time I reflect on the Apostle’s Creed. I hope this song will bless your day, as it has blessed mine:
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten 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 sits at 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
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church; the communion of saints
The forgiveness of sins
The resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.