The Apostles’ Creed: Introduction

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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: 

  1. 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.
  2. Commit to joining us every week of this series.
  3. Commit to reading through this Reading Guide, reflecting and journaling through the questions provided within each daily reading.
  4. 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
  1. Write down questions you have about what you’re reading, and take opportunities to seek out answers to those questions. 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

Week 16 F260 Reading: Day 5

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DAY 5:

Join us at SRC on January 5 as we kick-off the New Year with a new series focusing on The Apostles’ Creed. A new Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will be available at that time. Until then, the F260 readings for December 30 – January 3 are provided below.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.s

Read: 1 Samuel 28 & 31

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

Week 16 F260 Reading: Day 4

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DAY 4:

Join us at SRC on January 5 as we kick-off the New Year with a new series focusing on The Apostles’ Creed. A new Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will be available at that time. Until then, the F260 readings for December 30 – January 3 are provided below.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: Psalm 22, 1 Samuel 24:1 – 25:1

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

Week 16 F260 Reading: Day 3

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DAY 3:

Join us at SRC on January 5 as we kick-off the New Year with a new series focusing on The Apostles’ Creed. A new Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will be available at that time. Until then, the F260 readings for December 30 – January 3 are provided below.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 21 & 22

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

Week 16 F260 Reading: Day 2

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DAY 2:

Join us at SRC on January 5 as we kick-off the New Year with a new series focusing on The Apostles’ Creed. A new Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will be available at that time. Until then, the F260 readings for December 30 – January 3 are provided below.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 19 & 20

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

Week 16 F260 Reading: Day 1

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DAY 1:

Join us at SRC on January 5 as we kick-off the New Year with a new series focusing on The Apostles’ Creed. A new Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will be available at that time. Until then, the F260 readings for December 30 – January 3 are provided below.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 17 & 18

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

Jesus as Savior: Day 5

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DAY 5: Review

What did the Scripture readings this week reveal to you about the nature and character of God? What have you learned about yourself throughout the week? 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 15 & 16

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as Savior: Day 4

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DAY 4: A Savior Brings Love

If you were to summarize the entire life of Jesus in just one word, it wouldn’t be prophet, or priest, or king, or even savior. The absolute best word to describe Jesus is Love. 

When a young man asked Jesus which of the Old Testament commandments was most important, Jesus responded by saying that the entire Word of God can be summarized with just two commands – love God and love others. He Himself lived this out by loving God so much and loving you so much that He gave up His life so that you may experience life, and live it to the full. This and this alone ought to make us pause to consider how we can best love God and others ourselves.  

The greatest challenge of our lives isn’t to have a job that can support ourselves and our family. It isn’t to be successful. It isn’t to own the nicest car, house, or other ‘stuff’. It’s not about our looks, or what others may or may not think about us. The greatest challenge of our lives is simply determining to love God and others to the best of our ability. 

As 2019 draws to a close, may we enter 2020 with a sincere desire to love God and be loved by God, to love others and be loved by others, and to be the people He has made us to be.

READING & JOURNALING:

1 JOHN 2:3-11

Which verse in this passage sticks out to you the most? 

What is one way you will live out this passage this week?  

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I recognize that your command to love You and love others is such a strong command that I will spend my entire life figuring out how to live it out well. Nevertheless, I want to live it out well, because I know that in living out my faith in love, is the best way to live. Help me to live in love. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 13 & 14

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as Savior: Day 3

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DAY 3: A Savior Brings Life

If you were to talk with 1,000, even 10,000 complete strangers, you would almost certainly discover that each and every one of them have experienced hurt, pain, loss, grief, and other forms of heartache. This is because nobody escapes hurt and pain in this life. Nobody. And even though we may question why we all experience pain and loss, we must acknowledge that the Scriptures don’t teach that life will be without challenges. 

But despite the challenges of life, the Scriptures do teach that we can experience a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Similarly, the Scriptures teach that we are no longer condemned to death, and that we can experience a new life in Christ. 

While some of the pain and hurts we experience in life cannot be avoided, there are still decisions we can make in order to feel fully alive. Not my team just won an important game kind of feeling, but a feeling of real joy, peace, and contentment that comes from nothing else but God. 

READING & JOURNALING:

ROMANS 8:1, 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

What is something you regularly do to feel fully alive? 

Have you considered the possibility that you sometimes forfeit the right to experience love, joy, (or other things that make you feel fully alive) because you spend too much time numbing the pain in your life? 

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I recognize that I sometimes do mindless activities in order to numb or disengage from the pain in my life. But I’m beginning to see this doesn’t lead joy, because when I escape the pain, I end up escaping from real joy as well. Today, reveal to me some of the ways I’m escaping life, and help me to replace these poor habits with behaviors that are more life giving. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 9 & 10

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as Savior: Day 2

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DAY 2: Born a Savior

When Mary was pregnant with baby Jesus, an angel appeared to her and said, “You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).” After Jesus’ birth, an angel appeared to a group of shepherds and said, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11).” 

These two passages, as well as many others, reveal that all people (1) need saved (or rescued) from our sins, and (2) Jesus is the One who can rescue us.

After Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, many others continued to recognize Him as a Savior. If you were to read through the entire New Testament you would see that Jesus was born a Savior, lived a life in which He regularly rescued people who would have been seen as “outsiders” to the religious elite, and continued to be identified as a Savior for years after HIs life and ministry. Nearly 2,000 years later, billions of people around the world recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

READING & JOURNALING:

MATTHEW 1:21, LUKE 2:11, ACTS 13:23, PHILIPPIANS 3:20, MARK 2:13-17

Re-read Mark 2:13-17. Imagine you were living in ancient Israel around 30 AD. Would you be more likely to (1) find yourself at dinner with Jesus, (2) be one of Jesus’ disciples but not have an answer as to why He was eating with “sinners”, or (3) frustrated with Jesus for spending time with thieves and prostitutes? 

What sticks out most to you from this passage? How can you demonstrate the love of Christ in a significant way this week? 

PRAYER:

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (See Psalm 139: 23-24)

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 3 & 8

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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