A Note from Pastor Justin:
Your beliefs are at the very core of who you are. They determine the decisions you make, how you will act or respond to different people or situations, and ultimately shape you into the person you’re becoming. Your beliefs shape your entire worldview. In short, what you believe matters. A lot.
The Apostles’ Creed, which was likely written and in use by 390 AD, provided a set of core Christian beliefs individuals could easily memorize and recite. Though much has changed over the past 1,600 years, many church denominations today – Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, and more – recite the Apostles’ Creed regularly.
Today, the Apostles’ Creed is broken down into 12 separate statements, or Articles. Over the next 9 weeks, SRC will be delving into each of these Articles, focusing on some of the core teachings of Christianity.
As we begin this series, let me encourage you to take a few important steps:
- Write out the Apostles’ Creed on your own (this exercise is part of Day 1 of this Reading Guide). As you write it out, ask yourself, Is this really what I believe? Also take the opportunity to write down any questions you may have about the Apostles’ Creed or the Christian faith.
- Commit to joining us every week of this series.
- Commit to reading through this Reading Guide, reflecting and journaling through the questions provided within each daily reading.
- Use a good Study Bible and/or other resources as you read through this Reading Guide. Refer to https://southridgeblog.com/study-bible-info for more information on many excellent Study Bibles available today. Some suggestions include:
- NLT (or NIV) Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition
- NIV Zondervan Study Bible
- ESV Study Bible
- Write down questions you have about what you’re reading, and take opportunities to seek out answers to those questions.
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