I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe 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; On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I 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. Amen.
We’re kicking off this podcast by looking at the Apostles Creed. This episode we’re just discussing the first phrase: "I Believe."
What is faith or belief? It is more than merely cognitive, and it’s not mainly about existence. Belief, the way Christians use the word, is closer to me telling my wife I believe in her.
There are at least three overlapping ways of thinking about this:
faith as conviction(s)
faith as existential trust
faith as faithfulness
This is true when I say I believe in my wife, but it is even truer when Christians say we believe in God. Christian belief is cognitive - but it’s so much more. It is about convictions that change us, trust that defines us, and faithfulness that slowly becomes us.
What are you confident in? What unseen things do you hope for? What do you believe in? What convictions do you have? Where does your allegiance lie? What are you faithful to?
If you can answer those questions honestly, you’ll find out who you truly are .