Thursday, June 29, 2017

Apostles' Creed: Schedule

I recently taught a Sunday School series at Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church on the Apostles' Creed. I plan to post the lessons here over the next few weeks. The class schedule is as follows:
  1. The Origin and Use of Creeds in the Church 
  2. The Origin and Use of the Apostles’ Creed  
  3. Overview of the Apostles’ Creed 
  4. I Believe 
  5. God the Father Almighty 
  6. Maker of Heaven and Earth 
  7. Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son, Our Lord 
  8. Who Was Conceived by the Holy Spirit, and Born of the Virgin Mary 
  9. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was Crucified, Died, Was Buried; He Descended into Hell 
  10. The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead. 
  11. He Ascended into Heaven and Is Seated at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty 
  12. From There He Will Come to Judge the Living and the Dead 
  13. The Holy Spirit 
  14. The Holy Catholic Church 
  15. The Communion of Saints 
  16. The Forgiveness of Sins 
  17. The Resurrection of the Body 
  18. The Life Everlasting 
Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
       Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
       His only begotten Son, our Lord,
       who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
       and born of the virgin Mary.
       He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
       was crucified, died, and was buried;
       he descended into hell.
       The third day he rose again from the dead.
       He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
       From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the holy catholic Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting. Amen.

Suggested Reading
  • Leith, John H., Creeds of the Churches: A Reader in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present, Westminster John Knox Press, 1982. (Advanced)
  • McGrath, Alister, “I Believe”: Exploring the Apostles’ Creed, InterVarsity Press, 1997. (Introductory) 
  • Miller, Samuel, The Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions, Presbyterian Board of Education, 1839, Reprinted by A Press, 1991. (Advanced)
  • Olevianus, Caspar, An Exposition of the Apostles Creed, Reformation Heritage Books, Trans. Lyle D. Bierma, 2009. (Intermediate)
  • Packer, J.I., Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, Crossway, 2008. (Introductory)
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav, The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, vol. 1, The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600), The University of Chicago Press, 1971.(Advanced)
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav, Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition, Yale University Press, 2003. (Advanced)
  • Trueman, Carl R., The Creedal Imperative, Crossway, 2012. (Intermediate)
  • Trueman, Carl R., Why Christians Need Confessions, The Committee on Christian Education of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2013. (Introductory)
  • Witsius, Herman, Sacred Dissertations on the Apostles’ Creed, vols. 1 and 2, Reformation Heritage Books, reprinted 2010. (Advanced)

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