For an introduction to the series, read this.
We have finished working through the Apostles’ Creed line-by-line, so our purpose today will be to finish it by looking at the big picture.
I 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. The third day he rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he shall come 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.
Thoughts for Discussion with Children
You have memorized the whole Apostles’ Creed! Great job! Let’s take a minute today to think about what the whole thing means.
As we have talked about before, the Creed divides into three sections: one about God the Father, another about God the Son, and a third about God the Holy Spirit and his work. This structure reminds us of who our God is: one God who is three Persons.
God the Father planned our salvation and sent God the Son to win it for us on the cross. Then the Father and the Son sent the Spirit to change our hearts so that we believe in the Son and follow him to eternal life. All three Persons are fully God, and all three Persons have worked to save us from sin and judgment.
No other religion in the world believes in a God who is one, yet three. This is what makes us different from everyone else in the world. It’s the central part of our faith that should give us deep joy in God. We can’t understand how one God could be three Persons, but that’s just one of the many ways that God is beyond our ability to understand. Not being able to understand him is one of the reasons we bow in worship before him.
Praise God who is beyond your ability to understand. And thank him for what you do understand about him: that he loves you deeply and has sent his Son and Spirit to save you.