Ever since the period known as the Enlightenment, many groups that self-identify as Christian have abandoned the notion of doctrine, creeds, or specific beliefs altogether. In their place, they have elevated “deeds” and certain acts of piety. But can behavior really be separated from belief that easily? For the early church, creeds were central to worship, unity, public profession, and it shaped their life as a community. Evidence of early creeds are even present throughout the Bible itself. Contrary to what is popularly claimed, historic creeds like the Apostles’ Creed matter profoundly for the Christian faith.
Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video as Dr. Andrew C. Thompson explains the significance of Christian creeds.
More seeds to explore: watch the Seven Minute Seminary of William Abraham explaining why doctrine matters; watch the short series of Charles Gutenson explaining the four great ecumenical creeds; read a compelling series of articles on discipleship in the early church by Steven Bruns; explore the Apostle’s Creed with this line by line commentary by Timothy Tennent.