A Benchmark of Christian Orthodoxy
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
From time to time, we recite the Apostles' Creed. A creed is a brief summary statement of what a Christian community believes about God. It is a theological statement rooted in the Scriptures and in history.
The origin of this creed arose shortly after the completion of the New Testament. It developed over several hundred years, though parts of it can be found in various writings of the early church fathers (e.g. Hippolytus c.215 AD).
These brief affirmations focus on the doctrine of the Trinity and God’s work in creation. It also emphasizes the true humanity of Jesus. This creed and others that followed, were also useful in combating the spread of some of the heresies of the day (the Gnostics, Marionites, and Manicheans).
For nearly two thousand years the Apostles' Creed has been a benchmark of Christian orthodoxy. As such, it has been a part of the worship of the Church down through the centuries, and a regular part of our worship.