The Catechuminates of the early church were given the Apostles Creed , otherwise known as the Symbol of the Apostles as the statement of their new Faith in God.
This confession is far older than the Nicene creed that has caused division and uncertainty in the Church.
The earliest known example of the “Apostles’ Creed” appears in a letter of AD 390 from a synod in Milan and might have been connected with a widely accepted belief in the 4th century, that, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, each of the Twelve Apostles contributed an article to the twelve articles of the creed. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostles%27_Creed
The Apostles’ Creed was based on the Theology Christians understood of the canonical gospels, the letters of the New Testament and to a lesser extent the Old Testament. Its basis appears to be the old Roman Creed also known as the Old Roman Symbol.
source The Apostles Creed Wikipedia
Because of the early origin of its original form, it does not address some Christological issues defined in the Nicene and other Christian creeds.
It thus says nothing explicitly about the divinity of either Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Nor does it address many other theological questions which became objects of dispute centuries later.the Apostles creed Wikipedia
The Apostles Creed as used by the Uniting Church of Australia
Why the creed?
Just before the Uniting Church made the decision to close our doors, our particular Parish was studying the Apostles Creed. Our Pastor would preach on it, one line at a time.
- 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 the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
- The forgiveness of sins:
- The resurrection of the body:
- And the life everlasting. Amen.
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
New Believers came from varied backgrounds, some of Polytheistic origins, some of no particular leanings and the first declaration they had to make was the belief in one God, who was their almighty Father who had made both heaven and earth.
This primary confession brought to be Continue reading