Yesterday in my Pauline Theology class, Dr. David Downs asked us to do a little exercise which I found quite interesting. He instructed us to write a creed in five minutes summing up our theology and not exceeding around 150-200 words. Needless to say, the assignment was both easy and challenging. Here is my result:
I believe in a triune God eternally co-existent in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This same God revealed himself in his covenant with Israel and the scriptures produced by that covenant community. At the appointed time, God became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ being both fully human and fully God. He did this so that he could serve as a perfect sacrifice for his elect people and thereby redeem them from the power of sin. After his ascension, his presence is continued amongst us in the person of the Holy Spirit who acts as a guide, comforter, and guarantor of the faith of the elect. I await his return and the resurrection of the dead. In this way we know God as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Its a fun exercise that gets you thinking about the sort of things most important to you. I’d love to see the results of your five-minute creed, so give it a shot and shoot me the link.