This term at St Luke’s we are working through the Apostles’ Creed in our Sunday services and in our Sunday morning kids’ programs.
The Apostles’ Creed is a great summary of Christian belief and sums up so much of what the Bible teaches. Of course, no creed can replace the Word of God in the Scriptures, but creeds enable us to summarise big theological doctrines into concise, and memorable, phrases.
This term as we study the Apostles’ Creed in church, it would be great to be learning the creed at home as well. Here are five reasons why learning the Apostles’ Creed with your kids is a wonderful thing to do:
1. The Apostles’ Creed teaches kids theology.
Learning a creed helps kids see the big theological ideas that come out of scripture. The creed isn’t the same as Scripture, but it takes things that are taught in Scripture and puts them together in a concise way so that the essentials of the Christian faith can be remembered. As you learn the creed, help your kids to see that what the creed says comes from particular parts of the Bible.
2. The Apostles’ Creed connects kids with Christian history.
As we are introduced to the Apostles’ Creed we are reminded that this is a statement that Christians have been using for over 1600 years. Explain to your kids that what the Apostles’ Creed says about God (Father, Son & Spirit), humanity and the world is something that Christians have believed for a long time.
3. The Apostles’ Creed is biblical
The Apostles’ Creed is rich with biblical language and ideas. Each line of the Apostles’ Creed is in complete agreement with the teaching of the Old and New Testaments.
4. The Apostles’ Creed teaches kids what is essential for Christian faith.
There is lots of biblical teaching that isn’t foundational to being a Christian, but the Apostles’ Creed draws out those things about God, humanity and redemption that are essential to the Christian faith. The Apostles’ Creed helps kids, as well as adults, to know what it is that Christians believe and the things that are essential for saving faith in God.
5. The Apostles’ Creed helps kids to articulate what they believe.
Creeds are great at articulating theological ideas and concepts and so they help Christians to express what they believe about God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, humanity, sin, redemption etc. It might be a great idea to help your kids to think about how they might use their own words to express the theological ideas that are found in Scripture and expressed in the Apostles’ Creed.
What a great way to be sowing the truths of the Scriptures deep in our hearts and those of our kids.