Thursday, May 15, 2008

INTRODUCTION discussion helps

You might consider using the introduction “Why we study the Apostle’s Creed” in the first session to introduce the entire series (or as a short introduction to chapter one).

1. What other ways do we “underline the Bible” to bring out the most vital truths for Christians? (e.g. preaching, denominational Articles of Religion, hymnody etc.)

2. Discuss this statement: “Heresy is not believing something beyond the creeds (we all do that) but believing something against the creeds.”

3. List some things your church strongly disagrees on that other Christians believe beyond the creeds—Catholics, Pentecostals, Holiness churches, Presbyterians and others. Now list some things from memory where these churches agree.

4. Using the author’s “written in pencil, ink and blood” model list some things which fit into each category in your opinion.

5. Discuss how churches in the “free church tradition” who seldom say the creed might benefit fro a study of the creed—why study what we all agree on? Do you know any Christians (or denominations) who reject the creeds or part of it? How much of the creed can an individual (or denomination) reject and still be Christian?

I invite you to post your own ideas on this chapter by adding a comment to this post to help other leaders. -- Keith Drury

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