Darrell Stetler II
Teaching Your Children the Apostles' Creed
Teaching your kids the universal creeds of the Church is a valuable way to train your kids theologically. If you're serious about discipling your children, this is a great way to provide some of the content and structure of discipleship.
Discipleship is more about transformation than about information, but the word does mean "learner," and there's no way to dodge the fact that we have to teach our children the classic doctrines of the faith! That's part of what it means to be a Christian.
Helping Your Kids memorize the Apostles Creed
You might want to use this Apostles Creed Video to help your kids memorize the creed. Play it in the car, during family discipleship time, during chore or morning routines.
The Apostles' Creed Lyrics
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
What is the Apostles' Creed?
The Apostles Creed is one of the most ancient "confessions of faith" in existence. It is a summary of the classic doctrines of the Christian faith. It has its roots in summaries of Christian doctrine that extend back as far as Irenaeus' summary of the Gospel, and even earlier, to the Apostles themselves.
Some people search for "Apostles Creed Methodist" or Apostles Creed Catholic, not realizing that this ancient creed is one of the things that unites Christians, instead of dividing them. There isn't a special version of the Apostles creed for each denomination, it's one of the things that all orthodox Christians can agree on.
*some versions of the Apostles Creed have the word "catholic" in this place. The word catholic means "universal," but many automatically think of Roman Catholic. So I've used the word Christian in this version. If you want a version that says Catholic, subscribe and reply to one of my emails to let me know. I've got one for you. :)