NCC Question 31
Question 30: What do we believe by true faith?
Answer: Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We 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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
The Apostle's Creed dates back to the second century AD and is a summary of core Christian belief. Why should we learn this creed and other biblically faithful creeds? Al Mohler gives us seven reasons why the Apostles' Creed is useful and necessary in the life of the church:
1. Creeds define truth.
2. Creeds correct error.
3. Creeds provide rules and standards for God's people.
4. Creeds teach the church how to worship and confess the faith.
5. Creeds connect us to the faith of our fathers.
6. Creeds summarize the faith.
7. Creeds define true Christian unity.
The Apostles' Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2019), xxi-xxiii.