This I Believe (The Creed)
by Peter Chan on August 14th, 2014

"... 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." - Romans 10:9

What do we believe? And how do we know we believe it? Each of us, in our daily lives, make choices and conduct ourselves in ways that exemplify how we view our world, how we view each other, and how we view ourselves. Essentially, how we live provides a snapshot of what it is that we really believe. I, recently, started helping a seeker friend find a church near his home in Florida. From here in North Carolina, all I can really do to help is research local churches on the internet and read church websites. Although a website does not fully capture the culture of a church, it (usually) does exhibit what a church believes via Statements of Faith or Lists of Core Values. I figure reading what a church is professing and confessing is a good place to start. That got me wondering what I would say if someone began searching my life to see what I believe.
One of the most well-known statements of faith was first documented in a letter to Pope Siricius from a gentleman named Ambrose dating around 390AD. What started as the Symbolum Apostolicum became one of the most important writings in church history, unifying congregations and denominations for centuries. After undergoing revisions and translations, it is now known as the Apostles' Creed and has served as the framework of many churches' faith declarations. One of the more widely used modern translations reads: 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 July of 2014, Hillsong Church in Australia released their annual live worship album titled "No Other Name." As expected, it has achieved monstrous numbers in downloads and sales and their world tour to promote the album will not play to empty arenas. It is their opening track that really sets the stage for their latest work. The first song, titled This I Believe (The Creed), was written by band members Ben Fielding and Matt Crocker as a introduction to what worship music is really all about: praising God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit through adoration and confession. Although the lyrics remain simplistic and adhere closely to the original phrases in the Apostles' Creed, they are demonstrative of essential theology that can sometimes be lacking in modern praise music. And although the album opens with this song, it is through the aural lens of this opening track that I was able to listen to the remaining songs and subsequently be moved to worship along.
          
So I encourage you to listen to the song, meditate on the lyrics, and ask yourself what you believe. And ponder how we can live our lives as though we really believe it.
 


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