And second, we'll consider the communion that exists within the invisible church. In the Old Testament, ekklesia and its Hebrew counterpart is frequently used to identify the gathered nation of Israel. The Apostle's Creed dates really from the second century; it took a number of forms in the second century, and finally took the form that we are used to. And when we are in him, his righteousness is credited to us, and we are counted as being absolutely pure, completely free from sin and corruption. Gayton Host has been a renowned Bible teacher and lecturer at a number of distinguished seminaries and universities throughout the world.
Let's begin with the New Testament, and its consistent affirmation of these doctrines. And we should feel boldness in our fellowship with God, knowing that because we are hidden in Christ, we are perfect in the eyes of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. On many minor issues, there was very little unity. In John 14:6, Jesus was explicit in dealing with this particular situation. So, it was best for the church to summarize basic doctrines in one creed in order for people to understand and comprehend the faith without having to read the entire Bible.
The church expands as it multiplies itself, each new minister being ordained and having hands laid on him by those who are already ministers. So far in our discussion of the Apostles' Creed as the articles of faith, we have spoken of the history of the creed, and offered an overview of its theology. Pennington is Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation and the Director of Research Doctoral Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. When we recognize that the body of Christ is not limited to our churches or denominations, but extends universally throughout the world wherever the gospel of Christ is proclaimed, we can be encouraged to embrace everyone who is part of the visible church. The modern Nicene Creed was initially drafted at the Council of Nicea in A. For our Lord God Almighty reigns. One of the most common problems that many Christians face today is knowing which churches they should embrace as part of the catholic or universal church of Christ.
He spoke of them as a batch of dough, and an olive tree. Every time we sing this song in our local congregations, there is a palpable sense of unity as we sing these powerful and ancient confessions of faith. Second, the gifts are given to build up the entire church. Lister is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at the Talbot School of Theology. He also served as the Chaplain of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for four years and was on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Religion and Public Policy in Washington D.
We see this throughout the Old Testament, but it is perhaps most clear in the summaries of God's covenant blessings and curses, like the ones we find in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 27—30. And it is not a corruption of biblical religion. Second, we will speak of the church. We all stand as one, wearing one wedding gown composed of the righteous acts of every believer. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, And born of the virgin Mary. On the one hand, there are rules of faith that catalog and explain fundamental beliefs in some detail. So, we honor the sacraments, God's holy ordinances.
Although very few people would outspokenly claim that a creed has the same authority as Scripture, sometimes well-meaning Christians treat certain creeds if they were equal to the Bible itself. It's whether or not, first of all, there is the preaching of the word of God. For reasons like these, the articles of faith in the Apostles' Creed are just as important and relevant for the church today as they were in the early centuries. When it came to these central beliefs, the traditions had been confirmed by many church leaders in many places throughout the ages. Even so, the Trinity is one of the most important distinctive beliefs of Christianity. Even so, the Holy Spirit uses all spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up the visible church. Of course, we never want to raise the Apostles' Creed or any other statement of faith to the level of Scripture.
In the New Testament, we see something similar. Some even denied central aspects of the gospel itself. Of course, forbearance also has biblical warrant, as we can see in the parable of the wheat and the weeds, found in Matthew 13:24-30. But the Bible teaches Christians to form an actual, physical community, and it insists that this community is extremely important to every believer. And in 2 Peter 2, Peter warned that there would be false teachers in the church. At the very least, they were all present within the nation.
These types of affirmations and clarifications continued to be offered by other councils and theologians throughout the centuries. Rather he said that the teaching of the church was to be accepted as true, as or because it had been transmitted in orderly succession from the apostles and preserved until his own day. Those things are appointed to the visible church. Now that we have mentioned the doctrinal statements that refer to God himself, we are ready to point out the way the Apostles' Creed speaks of the church. That would include multiple denominations, it would include those who would not identify with any specific denomination but would consider themselves to be Christ's followers.