Finally had an opportunity this week to spend some time with The Apostles’ Creed, the newest small group study from Matt Chandler.
Chandler, Lead Teaching Pastor of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, and President of the Acts 29 Network, is widely regarded as one of America’s finest communicators. He’s also the author of numerous books and Bible studies (many of which I’ve reviewed in the past right here).
Now I’m not sure about you, but growing up we didn’t spend a lot of time learning about or talking about the Apostles’ Creed. It’s possible that my first awareness of the creed may have been when I was in seminary. As important as the Apostles’ Creed was in church history, it was just not part of the tradition I grew up in.
While I was in seminary I learned about the importance of this now 1600 year old creed “which united the church around core Christian doctrines as revealed in Scripture.”
“The Apostles’ Creed “contains essential Christian doctrines and beliefs that summarize the gospel and make up the foundation of our faith. The scriptural truths contained in the creed help us operate from good theology, with the knowledge that our faith is rooted in truth and a rich history that spans past, present, and future. The lines of the creed aren’t mere words. They convey the essence of what we confess and believe as the body of Christ (from the introduction).”
Chandler’s teaching and small group study tackles this 1600 year old confession of faith very skillfully. Far beyond teaching the creed itself, The Apostles’ Creed study faithfully examines the scriptural basis for each of the 12 core statements.
The DVD segments average 35 to 40 minutes in length. Again, Chandler is a masterful communicator. He easily holds attention, even in a day when attention spans are short and getting shorter.
The Bible Study book includes a number of familiar elements. A video viewing guide outlines Chandler’s teaching and allows note-taking and a well-written set of discussion questions encourages a good conversation. An additional element included in The Apostles’ Creed is a set of activities for families “to consider the truths of the gospel together.”
The Bible Study book also includes a set of three personal studies to be completed each week as homework. The personal studies include scripture to be examined and questions to develop deeper insights into the group study and DVD content.
If you’re looking for a study that will center your group(s) on biblical teaching and help them deepen their understanding of the “essential Christian doctrines and beliefs that summarize the gospel and make up the foundation of our faith,” The Apostles’ Creed will be just the thing. I highly recommend this study!