Q31: What Do We Believe by True Faith?

New City Catechism: Question 31


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Don Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, answers the question, "What do we believe by true faith?”


Jude 1:3 (ESV)

Judgment on False Teachers

3Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question thirty-one with the following answer: Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: 


We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into 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. We 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.


Don said the Apostle’s Creed dates back to the second century as an early Christian confession. It states the basic beliefs of Christianity. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Christians recite the Creed all over the world. It’s a timeless confession of the essential Christian beliefs—the foundation of our faith.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Jude 1:3. Take a moment to reflect on the Apostle’s Creed Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of the Creed, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Jude 1:3. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through the Apostle’s Creed.



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