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October 24, 2021 - March 1, 2022

 

This Disciples Creed

 

I believe in the one, triune God

Father

Son

Holy Spirit

creator, saviour, guide

perfect in unity

perfect in love

perfect in mercy

perfect in righteousness

eternal

without beginning

without end

without cause

infinite

all powerful

all knowing

all present

holy

 

I believe in God the Father

the Almighty

the holy God above all gods

the Creator of heaven and earth

the righteous Judge of every soul

the gracious Redeemer of fallen man

the One by Whom all others are

and for His glory all else exists

every instant

every thing

every act

every word

every thought

 

I believe in God the Son

Jesus Christ

God and Word of God

The One through Whom all things were made

The One for Whom all things are

He is our only Lord and Saviour

He is the Fathers only-begotten Son

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit

He was born of the virgin Mary

He was revealed by John the Baptist

as the one true Light of man

He taught, healed, laughed and wept

He suffered the rejection of His own

He was crucified

He died

He was buried

He descended into hell

He rose from death on the third day

He was seen by many witnesses

He ascended into heaven,

He is at the right hand of God

the Father

the Almighty

our Creator

our Judge

our Redeemer

He will return to judge the living and the dead

He will reward every soul in accordance with their faith

 

I believe in God the Holy Spirit

He who calls to Jesus Christ

He is our Counsellor

He is our promised Helper

He reveals the truth of Jesus Christ

to every soul who will believe

He reminds us of Jesus words

He confirms our salvation

He comforts our affliction

He affirms our faith

He guides our walk

 

I believe that the Church is one

is Jesus body

His feet

His hands

His voice

is here to continue His work on Earth

is made of every person who believes

is united in one communion

one common salvation

one common faith

one common life

is to proclaim His gospel to all the earth

that all mankind may know

Jesus lives!

Jesus saves!

Jesus comes!

 

I believe that my sins are forgiven

the Holy Spirit confirms this

that though fallen I am redeemed

I have been made a child of God

by the blood of Jesus Christ

He has paid my debt in full

the enemy has no more claim on me

I have been made a new creation

to love Him

to follow Him

to please Him

all the days of my life

 

I believe that though I die I will live

at Jesus return I shall return to life

that with Him I may enjoy life everlasting

in the very house of God

and there I will serve my King forever

for the glory, praise and honour of His wonderful Name

 

Amen and amen!

 

Notes on "This Disciple's Creed:

 

The Apostles Creed has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the flow of its words, the importance of what it says and how it united us every Sunday in the Christian Reformed Church where I grew up. Parts of it have always troubled me though, like how the Father and the Holy Spirit are both given very little attention in relation to Jesus Christ, and by the phrase “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church”; while I do believe that the Church exists on Earth and is one body united by the blood of Jesus Christ, I do not believe in the Church. For many years, several decades in fact, I have tried to write a treatment of the Apostles Creed that dealt with these, and other, issues but was never able to do so in a way that I felt honoured God and pleased me; until last Sunday when it just came together and, after several revisions, became what you see here. I hope you like it.

 

“This Disciples Creed” is written as a poem and is intended to be used as a whole. Since that may be impractical in some cases, it was designed to be shortened yet retain its core message. For example, the section about the Church can be shortened by omitting indent levels as shown below:

 

Indent level 0        I believe that the Church is one

Indent level 1                is Jesus body

Indent level 2                        His feet

Indent level 2                        His hands

Indent level 2                        His voice

Indent level 1                is here to continue His work on Earth

Indent level 1                is made of every person who believes

Indent level 1                is united in one communion

Indent level 2                        one common salvation

Indent level 2                        one common faith

Indent level 2                        one common life

Indent level 1                is to proclaim His gospel to all the earth

Indent level 2                        that all mankind may know

Indent level 3                                Jesus lives!

Indent level 3                                Jesus saves!        

Indent level 3                                Jesus comes!

 

Omit indent level 3:

 

I believe that the Church is one

is Jesus body

His feet

His hands

His voice

is here to continue His work on Earth

is made of every person who believes

is united in one communion

one common salvation

one common faith

one common life

is to proclaim His gospel to all the earth

that all mankind may know

 

Omit indent levels 2 & 3:

 

I believe that the Church is one

is Jesus body

is here to continue His work on Earth

is made of every person who believes

is united in one communion

is to proclaim His gospel to all the earth

 

Omit indent levels 1, 2 & 3: (as part of the entire shortened poem):

 

I believe in God

I believe in Jesus Christ

I believe in the Holy Spirit

I believe that the Church is one

I believe that my sins are forgiven

I believe that though I die I will live

Amen and amen!

 


This Disciple's Creed

A poem by Peter Rhebergen
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