The Apostles' Creed is a living link that takes us back over some eighteen centuries to the early church. It has the power to bond and unite believers from diverse cultures and traditions and yet it remains a powerfully concise summary of the core of biblical faith. It was used, for these very reasons, to instruct new Christians prior to their being baptized in the early centuries of the Christian church. It can still be used for the same purpose. And it can be used to ground all believers in the faith, young and old.
A powerful resource to teach the Apostles’ Creed is now available to Christian teachers and pastors who want to introduce the creed for the first time or teach its meaning to those who already know it and recite it in liturgical settings. The Apostles’ Creed: A Look At Its Origin and Its Relevance To Our Lives Today, is a video series which includes over nine hours of instruction from some of the best teachers in the Christian church. I truly believe that it should become the tool many of you use in your own ministry. This video presentation is hosted by my friend Dr. Timothy George, the dean of Beeson Divinity School. It features fourteen teachers on two DVDs: N. T. Wright, Robert Mulholland, Alister McGrath, Derek Tidball, Bishop Kallistos Ware, Martin Marty, Tony Lane, William Johnson, Peter Contrell, Mark Galli, Richard Bewes, Timothy Dudley-Smith and Susan Schreiner.
This series includes a comprehensive study guide that can be downloaded as well as a sermon by Pastor Langdon Palmer. There is also a valuable one-hour bonus program titled: “Hymns of Our Fathers.”
An abridged edition, which is far less expensive but not nearly as useful for teachers and churches, is available on one DVD. Be sure to get the full-length edition if you want to use this material to teach others. The retail price for the full-length edition is $99.99. The retail price for the abridged edition is $29.99. You can order via our ACT 3 Amazon store. You might also want to ship and find a better price if it is available.
The full-length video presentation is a 17-part series that traces the origin of the Apostles’ Creed, placing it in its historical context. It then shows you what the Creed means, phrase-by-phrase, and why it still feeds the faith of all God’s people. Each teacher discusses one portion of the Creed, emphasizing its relevance and application to our lives today. You will see and hear from some of the finest teachers of our time in a neatly designed and well-done package.
I am so excited about this series that I cannot commend it highly enough. I hope every leader who wants to ground the faith of those they serve in a deeper grasp of the Christian faith will utilize this amazing video series. And if you want to pursue the vision of Your Church Is Too Small this is a must-have series to help you.
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I’m nearly completed with my own 6 month series on the Creed. Thanks for the heads up for future reference though!
I’ve ordered the Abridged version, John. This looks like a fantastic resource.
BTW. I love the Facebook profile picture of you with the Doxi. I grew up with a long-haired Dachshund who my family got when we lived in the Schwarzwald in the mid ’60’s.
This looks like a tremendous resource! I would love to teach this in my Parish and at my wife’s Evangelical Church.