Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Apostles' Creed Course?

Daniel Newman outlines a possible evangelistic or Christian foundations course based around the Apostles Creed, in seven parts it covers...
  • God as Trinity, and how it makes sense of the world.
  • Doctrine of creation, God’s purpose for the world, sin.
  • Christ’s full deity and humanity so he can be our saviour, the atonement, its consequences.
  • Assurance that sin and death have been defeated, Christ’s kingship, the coming judgement, the future hope of resurrection and life in the new creation.
  • Work of the Spirit in the life of the believer, making us how God intended us to be, renewing us, equipping us to serve him, what it means to live as a Christian.
  • Brought into a family that is set apart from the world, transcends all social, cultural and racial boundaries, public worship.
  • The need for personal response of trust in the God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit; baptism for those who want to do this who have not already been baptised; the need to re-affirm this for oneself if already baptised but have drifted.
I like the emphasis and shape of this. I like that it starts with Trinity and moves on to Creation and Christ, the Spirit, the Church and Christian life. At a glance I'm not sure what I'd omit or add to this.