Michael Bird in What Christians Ought to Believe reminds readers of the importance of the Apostle’s Creed. While the Apostle’s Creed has an important place in many tradition in American evangelicalism the Creed is largely ignored.
Bird begins his work by addressing the importance of creeds in general and the Apostle’s Creed in particular. As a Baptist I am very familiar with the anticredalism that Bird successfully dismantles. Many Baptists want to say they have no creed but the Bible, neglecting the fact that a creed simply states what is believed to be taught in the Bible. Yes we should believe the Bible, but we should not be ashamed to espouse and explain the propositional truth claims found in the Bible. Bird addresses what it means to believe and in the following chapters explores the meaning of each item of faith found in the Apostle’s Creed.
If one looks at the doctrines that are under assault by liberals and those who seek to compromise biblical truth in order to accommodate culture one will see all the doctrines of the Apostle’s Creed. As a pastor I actually feel terrible about how the Apostle’s Creed has been neglected in the teaching of my church and hope to reintroduce my church members to it.
This book is a clear reminder of the old paths that we are called to walk in. Read it and revel in the the glorious gospel truths espoused in the Apostle’s Creed.
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