Unpacking the Apostles' CreedJanuary 12, 2015 Thoughts and Reflections
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth
the God who not only created and rules heaven and earth, but it is also committed to seeing his creation fully restored, reuniting all things in heaven and on earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord
the Jewish King who brought Israel’s story to its world-renewing climax, and so bringing humanity’s story to its world-inheriting and world-reigning climax.
I believe that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary
his being God the expression of God's faithfulness to the covenant he made with Israel, and his being man the expression of Israel's faithfulness to the covenant Israel made with God.
I believe that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried
which are all the culmination of the kingdom agenda Jesus embodied from his birth to his death.
I believe that he descended to the dead, and that on the third day he rose again
his journey from death to life launching the new creation God intends for the whole cosmos.
I believe that he ascended into heaven
subverting economic systems, political powers, and hailed ideologies.
I believe that he will come again to judge the living and the dead
a judgment that is actually a thing of beauty, that glorious day when creation is finally liberated from all that has caused its ceaseless groaning.
I believe in the Holy Spirit
God's supernatural presence working through us and the entire church to bring his kingdom to bear upon this present age with great power and wonder.
I believe in the holy catholic church
as both a beneficiary of his transforming grace and love as well as an agent of it for the sake of the world.
I believe in the communion of saints
a foretaste of the kind of community God promises for all those who seek first the kingdom of God.
I believe in the forgiveness of sins
sins that include personal bitterness, malice, and greed as well as systemic injustice, economic oppression, environmental exploitation, and religious arrogance.
I believe in the resurrection of the body
a resurrection not to heaven, but to a heaven and earth reunited, consisting of everything glorious in both the physical and the spiritual world.
I believe in the life everlasting
life as it should be, every human hope and desire amplified exponentially in the presence of God, among a flourishing people, and enjoying all of creation.