In Touch April 29, 2011
Posted on April 29, 2011 by under Touché,

Credo- I Believe….So What?

Our confirmation group has begun writing their credos.  It is a good time for you to think about yours.   For the next ten weeks, we will be looking at the most universal creed of the Christian faith, The Apostle’s Creed.  After the resurrection and ascension of Jesus the church was established and began to explode; in numbers and in doctrines.  The Apostle’s Creed was the early church’s affirmation of the central tenants of the faith.  The main focus was in understanding who Jesus was and who Jesus is.   Christians through the ages have accepted the creed as a basic affirmation of what it means to be Christian.  Each week for the next ten weeks, we will take a phrase from the creed, coupled with scripture and affirmations from particularly reformed confessions and identify what we believe. I hope it will be a chance for you to think through some of where you stand and write a credo of the basics of your faith, along with the confirmation group.

One of the problems of the creed is that it mainly focuses on orthodoxy and not orthopraxis. Orthodoxy is right belief.  Orthopraxy is right action.  There is not much in the Apostle’s Creed that talks about “how shall we then live?”  Our 167 focus is asking you continually the orthopraxis question.  “How do I live this out every hour of every day?”  To help you with that, for the next ten weeks, we will give you a 167 Journal.  You may write your creed in this journal but, more than that, we are asking you to take the message of the morning and apply that hour to the next 167 hours of your week.  We will have a box on the kiosk and you can submit the last page of your journal to share how 167 Living has made a difference in your life. We will share some of the insights from the week in the following message.

I hope I will make this series very practical in helping you understand the basics, but more than that, to live the basics every moment of every day.  Being a follower of Christ is not simply about worshipping an hour on Sunday, but living every moment for the glory of God.

A special treat on Mother’s Day is that Steve Dambra, our campus pastor at HRC Journey/Odyssey,  will be back at Hopewell to preach.  Steve has developed so much as a leader and a preacher, and it will be a joy to have him back to share in leading worship. Our family will be out in Holland, Michigan for Sarah’s graduation from Hope College.   I will also have the opportunity to attend my 25th reunion from seminary.

He is Risen!