1. The very early church was not mature theologically.
2. As heresies became more numerous and more complex the early church,
in a desire to be true to the Scriptures, developed creeds and confessions.
a. A heresy is a teaching that deviates from the Scriptures on matters
b. The term creed is from credo that means, “I believe.”
c. A creed is s statement of faith.
3. One foundational Scripture for the importance and necessity of a creed
or confession is 2 Timothy 2:1-2.
4. These creeds and confessions were statements of the Christian Faith or
standards of Doctrine.
a. Some Christians have said that there is “No creed but Christ,” or
“No belief but the Bible.”
While this may seem reasonable, the Scriptures themselves have
summary statements of the faith. For example, see Ephesians 4:4-6,
Philippians 2:6-11, and 1 Timothy 3:16.
b. Everyone and every church ultimately has a statement of faith,
which is a confession or a creed.
5. Creeds are an outgrowth of the teaching ministry of the church, reflecting
how a church understands and interprets the Scriptures.
6. Creeds and confessions are valuable to the testimony of any church at large.
7. Creeds function as a safeguard against in-house false teachers. Creeds and
confessions guard against error. So, for example, the Nicene Creed was
formulated and used as a bulwark against false teaching and heresy.
8. Creeds function as a safeguard against heretical officers who have agreed
to uphold the historical, biblical standards of the church.
9. Creeds also serve as symbols of the visible unity of a church.