What is the Apostles’ Creed?
The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest creed of the Christian church. It was not written by the Apostles. It is the basis for other creeds that followed.
The most common form is:
1) I Believe In
In its oldest form it goes back to at least 140 A.D. The church leaders wrote this summary of their beliefs as they had the need to stand for what they believed. It is not Scripture but is a simple list of the doctrines of the beliefs of the Christian faith and the Apostles’ teachings.
2) God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth
This statement clearly states that the Christian believes in God, the Heavenly Father and that we believe that He created the Heavens and the Earth.
Steps to Peace with God – Billy Graham Evangelistic Tract
My husband and I have been on the New Member Counselor team with our church for the last ten years. We were trained on how to witness to unbelievers and to ‘lead them to Christ’ using this Evangelistic tract. Many people are confused on what this means and how does saying a single prayer assure one of Salvation and eternal life in heaven with Jesus.
Many don’t know this but a man named Charlie Riggs, in a 1954 London Crusade, developed these four steps andttitled them ‘Steps to Peace with God’. Since then, many versions of this have been used and in various forms, in dozens of languages and shared with millions.
In the 1950’s the message most heard from the pulpit was teaching Hell, Fire and Damnation and Riggs felt led to present the Gospel from a different perspective. He had heard Billy Graham preach about peace and life and how to have that peace was to accept Jesus. He took the message and made it into four steps.
This tract can easily be carried in a woman’s purse or a man’s wallet or pocket to have readily available to refer to when a conversation arises to walk through the steps with someone. You can also leave it with the person for them to refer to later.
My goal in this blog is to explain the tract and the pieces of it and then to explain what should follow the prayer.