Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Christian Music Week: Creed by Third Day

I know that there's a "newsworthy" event today. I'm going to ignore it completely. I even wrote this post early so that I could post it when the day starts, so you'd have a chance to see it during the day.

Rich Mullins wrote this song, and his version is very good, but Third Day rocks it. It's strange to call a singing version of the Apostle's Creed a rocker, but Third Day is good at doing stuff like this.

I am a believer in the Restoration Movement, also known as the Stone-Campbell movement. The Restoration Movement believes in the unification of the denominations, and that there are "no creeds but Christ". Creeds like the Apostle's Creed or the Nicene Creed.

Even so, I used this song as the start of one of my lessons to the high schoolers a couple of years ago, and I will do so again. Here's one English translation of the Apostle's Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
If you're reading this post, I want to ask you two questions:
  • Do you believe that each of these sentences are accurate and literally true?
  • Are you living your life so that each person who meets you would be able to say "I'm more inclined to believe those 12 statements because of X"?
If you can't answer yes to the first question, you need to find a Christian whom you can trust to find out what you need to turn that no into a yes. (I am quite willing to help with that as needed, and can refer you to others who are better at explaning it than me if needed.)

If you're having trouble with answering yes for number 2, then go to a Christian small group and ask for prayer and mentoring. There are probably items in your life that you need their help identifying that are interfering with your walk with Christ.

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