The Apostles Creed is one of the oldest creeds in the Christian tradition. The earliest known mention of this creed came in 390AD in a letter by Ambrose to Pope Siriicus. We mentioned Sunday how the creed allows us to look back on that historical context and celebrate with generations past. We also saw that the creed can help us look at the now. We live in a culture which says ‘believe what you want to believe, there is not absolute truth’. But the creed helps us push against that narrative and claim what we believe boldly. Finally, the words of the creed give us hope for the future to look ahead knowing that God is at work in our world, and the really cool part is- we have a part to play as kingdom builders. And the words of the creed help us to communicate that future hope to those around us. As you read through the scripture texts this week see the pattern of looking back, looking at the now and looking ahead.

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Readings

            “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 John 1:4-5 NIrV

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Acts 2:1-21

Joshua 4

1 Samuel 3

Psalm 89:1-4

Acts 28:17-30

Revelation 4:8-11

Matthew 6:9-13

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. What stands out from Sunday’s passage? If you could dig deeper into one part of it, what would it be?
  2. The Israelites are crossing the Jordan in this passage. And at the end of this passage the Israelites erect a pile of stones to remember God’s goodness. When has God delivered you? Did you do something to remember that time?
  3. The Lord called Samuel, a young boy, in this passage. Similarly, the Apostles Creed calls us to confess what we believe and answer that call to belief in action by serving others. Where is God calling you to this week?
  4. These words of Psalm 89 echo the words of Romans 10 in a way. Open your Bible to both passages and highlight the similar tones in each.
  5. How does Paul in this text push against the cultural narrative of his time? What are ways in which you can push against the cultural narrative of our time?
  6. We can downplay the words we say. But notice in this passage the words being said- this future vision of the kingdom of God. How does this passage give you hope?
  7. Read this text in preparation for the service this morning. Pray for all involved that God will be moving in the hearts and minds of all those at our church today.