TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
On this Palm Sunday, we begin a unique series drawn from the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and a historical text based on the Word of God, the Holy Bible, that was passed down from the early church all the way to us today — the Nicene Creed. Not only are we talking about the power of Easter and Resurrection Sunday, but we are talking about the importance of the historical Christian faith that was passed down to us from the early church, how that we as Christians who are falling away from it ought to return to it, and how that the world ought to hear it so they can believe on Christ. If you have attended a Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, or Presbyterian church, you may have heard something similar to the words which are referred to as the Nicene Creed. Now, Baptists (which I consider myself to be), as a rule, do not subscribe to any creed. For centuries before, and coming through the Protestant Reformation, Baptists decided that, unlike Protestant denominations, they would be non-creedal. Baptists state that ‘the final authority for faith and practice is the Bible, not words about the Bible.’ However, even though I am a Baptist, I like Biblical creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, and I use them in my family’s devotions. While we should not hold any creed to the level of inspired Scripture, there are elements from church tradition that we can learn from and at least should be aware of. The Nicene Creed is one of those things.