CREDO: I Believe
I Believe that God Forgives Sinners
John 20:23 • September 13, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
What is forgiveness? What does it mean to be forgiven on a personal level? How does your view of forgiveness reflect your relationship toward God and attitude toward others? What role does forgiveness play in marking those who belong to the church? Is the Christian Gospel of forgiveness the answer for the culture’s desire for justice?
I Believe Jesus Will Return
Revelation 1:4-20 • August 16, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
What is Jesus presently doing in heaven? Why is Jesus seated at the right hand of God and not on the throne of his kingdom? What does his position at the right hand of God signify? What will be the purpose of Jesus’ Second Coming? Do you hope in Christ’s return? How has your expectations of Christ’s return changed with age, experience, and history?
I Believe in the Risen Savior
John 20:1-8 • August 2, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: The Gospel writers gave specific, detailed accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. What parts of the story give you confidence that the resurrection story is true? What hope does the resurrection of Jesus give to a believer who is afraid to die? What is your favorite song about Jesus’ resurrection? How does singing doctrine bless the soul and the church? When you need to hear or speak words of encouragement, do you speak of this life or the next? How might you gain a greater eternal perspective on the future you in Christ?
I Believe in the Substitutionary Death of Jesus
John 19:1-30 • July 19, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Why is Pilate mentioned in The Apostle’s Creed? What significance does it have for your faith in Jesus Christ? How does the cross define, not only the death of Christ, but also the life of Christians? Do you believe that Jesus died as your substitute? What does substitution says about you? What does say about Jesus? Did Jesus go to hell when he died? What happened during the 72 hours of Jesus’ physical death?
I Believe in the Virgin Birth
John 1:14 • July 12, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
What is the virgin birth? Was it a miracle? Why is the virgin birth essential to the Gospel and the Christian faith? Why must we believe that Jesus was God? How was Jesus not like us? Why must we believe that Jesus was man? How was Jesus like us? How does Jesus identify with your temptations and trials by his life and body?
I Believe in The Lord Jesus Christ
John 20:30-31 • July 5, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Define the names Jesus, Christ, and Lord. What does each name say about him? Must Christians confess these names in order to be saved? Is Jesus God’s only Son? What does this mean? What is the difference between Jesus (the only Son) and believers (the children of God)? What does it mean in practice for you to show personal loyalty to Jesus as Lord? What areas present easy spots for lip service? Can a person be saved without knowing the name Jesus Christ? What happens to those who die without ever hearing the name Jesus Christ?
I Believe in God, Creator of Heaven and Earth
John 1:1-5 • June 28, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What in creation captures your worship of God? Knowledge of design? A place or sight? A work of art? What does it mean for humanity to be created in God’s image? If God created heaven and earth, how does that truth define your relationship with God? Are you responsible to care for God’s creation? What can Christians do to be good stewards of the earth?
I Believe in God The Father
John 1:12 • June 21, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
APPLICATION QUESTION: What comes to mind when you think about God as your Heavenly Father? How would you explain the meaning of God as Father to a non-Christian? What does “almighty” mean? Can you believe the Gospel without believing that God is almighty? How can earthly fathers glorify God by demonstrating the image of God in their fatherhood role? Read John 17:20-26. What principles about relating to God the Father can be learned from Jesus’ words?
I Believe in The Trinity
John 14:1-17 • June 14, 2020 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Do you believe in God? Explain your answer. Who is God? Why do you believe (or disbelieve) in him? What is the significance of “I” in the opening phrase of The Apostle’s Creed? What is a creed? Why are Christians baptized in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? How can doctrine (creedal affirmations like The Apostle’s Creed) help overcome doubts about the Christian Gospel?