The Apostles' Creed

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THE APOSTLES' CREED

A research paper submitted to Dr. David Pederson
In Partial Fulfillment of the requirements For
The course CHHI 520

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

By
Fannie M. Thomas
Lynchburg, Virginia
October 10, 2011
Table of Contents
Introduction..................................................................................................................... 3 History and Origin........................................................................................................... 4 The Creed Articles.......................................................................................................... 7 The Apostles' Creed and the Early Church..................................................................... 9 Summary and Conclusion............................................................................................... 11 Bibliography................................................................................................................... 14

The Apostles' Creed
The purpose of this paper is to explore the Apostle Creed. It will examine the history and origin of the creed, each section of the creed, and how the creed applied to the early church. The definition of a creed is derived from the Latin "credo, I believe." It denotes not just a body of beliefs, but confession of faith. A simple definition, a system of principles, beliefs or the body of teachings of a religious group. The Apostles' Creed describes the basic principles of the Christian faith. The creed is supposed to be a statement of truth representing what Christ and His apostles taught and reads. This is the form the is used most today, it was produced in Gaul in the fifth or sixth century. Known as The Received Form: "I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus
Christ, His only 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 arose again from
the dead; He ascended into heaven, and
sitteth on 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, the holy Catholic Church
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body, the life everlasting."
History and Origin
The Apostles' Creed is the oldest Christian creed in existence. It is called this because it has been credited to the apostles themselves, but it was not written by the apostles. It was written some 150 years after the apostles death. The creed has its roots in apostolic times and records the teaching of the apostles. It had an important place in the development of the early church when there was no other existing creed. "Rule of Faith," is the oldest term used that make reference to the creed.

The origin of the creed; legend has it that the creed was shaped from the transcripts of each of the twelve apostles. Peter, may have contributed "I believe in God the Father; Andrew, continued with "And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord," and so on. The legend is not older than the fifth or sixth centuries.

However, the real origin stems from the baptismal confession made by converts during their rite of purification. The early confession was comprised of "I believe that Jesus is the Son of God," but there is Scripture evident in the New Testament that it was larger. In Romans 6:17, Paul talks about form of teaching delivered to converts and in 1 Timothy 6:17 he reminds Timothy of how good confession was. There is also the assume that Timothy's confession made reference to God as the author of life, to Jesus Christ and being David's descendent, Jesus being brought before Pontius Pilate and His resurrection. After the middle of the century the confession rose to new importance as the result of the Gnostic controversies and assumed more...
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