Posted by Moira Ahearne Parkinson

Welcome to Mid-Week E-Lift —

a Message in the Midst of a Busy Week

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2: 9-11″

LISTEN TO: Brandon Heath and Third Day, “Creed,”

What do you believe? Often we accept what we have been taught without much reflection.  Other times a crisis forces us to our knees, and forces us to grapple with what we have been lead to believe.  What do divorced and remarried families say?  The family with the gay son? That we still live in a broken world? When children are  gunned down and daily starve? How do we understand the resurrection of Jesus — and what difference does it make to us?  Most of us do not know those ancient creeds: the Scots Confession, the Heidelberg Confession, The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Theological Declaration of Barmem, among others. Yet they represent powerful, historical struggles and shifts in the understanding of faith.

Creed comes from the Latin word “I believe.”  The Presbyterian Church is a creedal church.  It accepts major creeds written down through the centuries as part of our Book of Confessions. Creeds illumine the struggle of the faithful down through the centuries. Every age has its distinct challenges — what does faith have to say to the struggles we now face?  Only a vibrant faith can wrestle with the issues of the day.  We take in account how the long chain of witnesses responded to crisis and struggle – so we too, will engage the issues with sensitivity, creativity, and faith.

For some, the creeds are not “tests” of our faith, but testimonies to faith.  We need these testimonies, just as we need to hear each other ‘s testimonies: how is God working in your circumstances?   We gain strength and hope in hearing each other testimonies.  Our faith becomes more vital when we listen to what we believe, and  why.

So the important thing to hold on to is that each of us is called to clarify what faith means to us.  What do I believe? Who is Jesus to me?  What do I stand up for?  Become clear. take the time to think, pray and clarify what the Christian faith means to you. Then, let your live be a creed of witness to God’s love in Jesus Christ.

PRAY:  ” I believe in you, Lord. Let my actions give testimony to you. ”