The Apostles' Creed Essay

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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
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The creed had originated independently of Scripture — in the early oral teaching and preaching of the apostles; hence its value as a witness to the common faith. But it was not used to supersede Scripture; it was held to confirm Scripture, where men by their allegorical and other perversions sought to wrest Scripture from its real sense. It was employed as a check on those who sought to allegorize away the Christian faith. In the beginning of the Church's formal symbols resides in the statements of faith and worship that was embedded in the New Testament. Paul, recalled Jesus' arraignment before the Roman governor (John 18:33-38), declares that the Lord in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession (1 Tim 6:13). The Jesus himself, commanded disciples to publicly confess their faith (Matt 10:32-33). Neither Nathaniel in John 1:49, Martha in John 11:27, Peter in Matthew 16:16 or the Roman officer in Matthew 27:54 confessed Jesus to be God's promised Messiah. Later when post-Pentecost believers had gained a clear and settled faith they pointedly acknowledged Jesus as "Lord" (1 Cor 12:3; Rom 10:9), thereby attributing to the Nazarene the sovereign deity that Israel reserved for Yahweh alone. Further reflection on God's saving revelation in Jesus led the Church to confess further dimensions of Christ's reality. Paul in Rom 10:9-10 outlines

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