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Easter According to the Apostles' Creed (Part 3)

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TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Today, we are continuing with the third message in this series as we look at the Biblical basis for the statement of faith known as the Apostles' Creed. Today, we will begin by reading a newer version of the Apostles' Creed. This version is based on the "Old Roman Symbol" which we read during our first two messages in this series. According to The Creeds of Christendom by Philip Schaff, "the individual statements of belief that are included in the Apostles' Creed – even those not found in the Old Roman Symbol – are found in various writings by Irenaeus, Tertullian, Novatian, Marcellus, Rufinus, Ambrose, Augustine, Nicetus, and Eusebius Gallus." This version of the Creed was put in written form sometime during the first half of the eighth century AD. Interestingly, it appears to have come from Christians in Spain and France unlike the Old Roman Symbol which was formulated by Christians in Rome. The French King Char-le-magne imposed it throughout his kingdom and it was eventually accepted in Rome which was still using the Old Roman Symbol at that time.
 
This creed is the one most widely used by  Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches today. 

Today, we are looking at the next line of the creed which reads, "Who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary..." Let's turn to the Word of God and see the biblical basis for this part of the Apostles' Creed.

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