Parent Follow Up Questions for Family Discussion

Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heave, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Main idea:

The Apostle’s Creed is a great tool from our (the Church’s) collective history. Its use as both a confession before baptisms and as a reference point to combat false teachers and doctrines has aided Christ followers for centuries. ┬áThe lie that Church history and the work of our brothers and sisters in Christ from generations past can’t offer us anything today is just that, a lie. 1 Corinthians 10.13 tells us that: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man…” Another way I’ve said it is that there is no news sin, it’s the same ones just in a different wrapper. The same sin plaguing us today was plaguing Christians in the 2nd century, it may have look a little differently on the outside. So if the same sin issues existed, couldn’t we look to our history to glean wisdom in how to combat it? Enter the Apostle’s Creed. In a time where antiquity and history are seen as irrelevant, it’s vital that we shed light on and encourage teens to see and incorporate our history (Christian history) into our daily lives.

REFLECTION QUESTION

1 What are some false teachings you’ve heard or maybe even believe yourself?

2 How can knowing things like the Apostle’s Creed help us combat the false things we hear and see every day?

QUESTION FOR PARENTS TO DISCUSS WITH THEIR TEENS

1 What are some good things that we have learned from history? Why is it important that we look back to the wisdom of our past?

2 What are some of the main truths that the Apostle’s Creed communicates? Of those main truths, which do/does you/your family feel comfortable having a conversation about? Which do you feel you could use some growing in confidence in?