PART TWO: CONSECRATION AND ASSENT
Confession of Faith
The word "Creed" comes from the Latin verb credo—the first word in the Latin creeds—and means, "I believe." In the recitation of one of the historic creeds (or confessions of faith), we proclaim that we are Christians, that this is Christian worship, and that we stand in the historic river of ancient Christianity.
The word "god" means all kinds of things to people these days. The historic creeds proclaim that this is the God we worship and serve—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will be clear, courageous, and precise in our confession of faith. The first commandment demands as much. This is more than an academic or doctrinal statement, but rather it is a declaration of personal faith or trust. The Greek translation of the word credo is the word pisteuo, which is precisely the word for "faith" in the New Testament (John 3:16, 36; Rom. 10:10). The Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Definition of Chalcedon provide us with the opportunity to recite our trust in the Persons of the Trinity and their work on our behalf.