Monday, September 08, 2008

Creed and Scripture

I'm introducing my 8th graders to a unit on the Creed. We will be unpacking it over the next couple of weeks, but to introduce them to the creed, I am having them look up scriptural texts that correspond to the creedal statements. I'm not a fan of proof-texting scripture, but I thought it might just work as a introduction in showing to the class that the creed is a summary of the Christian Faith and how the early Church Father's could have used the Creed (the Rule of Faith) as the guide for interpreting scripture. If you know of any scriptural verses that might fit better feel free to leave an annotation.

Here is what the finised product might look like [bold statements are from the creed]

We believe in one God (Deut. 6:4),
"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!

the Father (Matt 6:8-9)
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. "This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name . . .”

the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all that is seen and unseen. (Genesis 1:1-2)
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

We believe in one (John 20:28) Lord (John20:28), Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31),
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!”

And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved."

the only Son of God (Matt 3:17; John 1:14; John 3:16),
And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

the glory as of the Father's only Son

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made (John 1:1-2),
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

one in being with the Father (John 10:30).
"The Father and I are one.”

Through Him all things were made (John 1:3).
All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.

For us men and for our salvation (Matt 1:21)
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins

He came down from heaven (John 1:14)
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us;

by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:18)
She was found with child through the holy Spirit.

He was born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1: 27; Luke 2:7),
and the virgin's name was Mary.

and she gave birth to her firstborn son.

and became man. For our sake (Matt 1:21)
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

He was crucified under Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:20-23);
Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus, but they continued their shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him! "Pilate addressed them a third time, "What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him."

He suffered (Luke 23:16, Matt 27:28-31)
Therefore I shall have him [Jesus] flogged

They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.

died (Matt 27:50),
But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit.

and was buried (Matt 27:59-60; Luke 23:55).
Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it (in) clean linen and laid it in his new tomb.

The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils.

On the third day He rose in fulfillment of the Scriptures (Luke 24:6);
"Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day."

He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9)
When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.

and is seated at the right hand of the Father. (Luke 22:69)
But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.

He will come again in glory (Matt 16:27; Matt 25:31)
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne

to judge the living and the dead (Matt 25: 32-33),
and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

and his kingdom will have no end (Dan 7:13-14).
As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life (John 1:3-4)
What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race

who proceeds from the Father and the Son (John 20:22).
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit.”

With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets (2 Kings 2:9, 15).
When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask for whatever I may do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha answered, "May I receive a double portion of your spirit."

The guild prophets in Jericho, who were on the other side, saw him and said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." They went to meet him, bowing to the ground before him.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church (Acts 2:42).
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
Peter (said) to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit.

We look for the resurrection of the dead (Dan 12:2),
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.

and the life of the world to come. (Revelation) Amen.

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