January 12, 2010

Chapter 1 "No Creed but Christ"?

Each chapter focuses on one line or piece of the creed and has questions at the end.  Most of the questions deal specifically with information presented in the chapter and the last question is an instruction to find scriptures not mentioned in the chapter that address the same/similar issue.
Following are my notes/answers from the questions for chapter 1.

1. Some people avoid creeds because they believe 'doctrine divides'.  That dogma & doctrine creat a bad 'religious environment'.
2/3. Any statement about what you believe is a creed.  The word creed comes from the Latin credo which means I believe.
4. Even the demons believe in God (James 2:19), the real question is WHAT do you believe about Jesus.
5/6. Creeds were not invented by the church.  The 'shema' is a primal creed in Deut. 6:4.  Baptism, the Lord's supper and Peter's confession of faith are all creeds.
7.  Creeds help us answer old & difficult questions without reinventing the wheel. They act like a light in a dark world. Looking to the past reveals both wisdom & humility.  Creeds help us to worship in a way that is decent & orderly.
8. It shows humility to seek the wisdom of those who have gone before, as a son seeks wisdom from his father.
9. The Council of Nicea was convened because of controversy. Because of prevailing questions abou tthe nature of the relationship between Jesus Christ and God the Father.  It was a major controversery and serious division that drove the need.
10. Phil. 2: 10-11  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; to the glory of God the Father
John 14:11a  "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me..."