Ep. 55 Early Christian Creeds Prove the Resurrection

Released: March 1, 2023
12 mins 35 sec

Even before all of the Bible was written, Christians were repeating what they knew about Jesus: that he rose from the dead! Find out in this episode where you can see these early Christian creeds and why they should give you confidence about Jesus!

Show Notes:

0:00 – INTRO

0:55 – BOOK: The Historical Jesus by Gary Habermas

1:11 – WHY IS THE RESURRECTION SO IMPORTANT? THE CENTRAL EVENT OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. (1) PROVES THAT JESUS IS GOD. (2) PROVES THE FATHER ACCEPTED JESUS’ SACRIFICIAL DEATH ON THE CROSS. (3) PROVES THAT ALL CHRISTIANS WILL BE RESURRECTED. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:14

2:09 – ANY PROOF? 1) 12 HISTORICAL FACTS NEARLY ALL SCHOLARSHIP AGREES ON, 2) EARLY CHRISTIAN CREEDS. CREEDS ARE STATEMENTS OF SHARED BELIEF. DATE 3-20 YRS AFTER THE RESURRECTION. THEY PROVE THE RESURRECTION OCCURRED.

3:43 – HOW DO THE CREEDS WORK? SHARED VERBALLY, LATER WRITTEN DOWN. EARLIEST CHRISTIAN CREED IS 1 COR. 15:3-8 (3-8 YRS AFTER THE RESURRECTION).

6:26 – ESSENTIAL FACTS OF CHR’Y WERE COMMON KNOWLEDGE. CREEDS PROVE LEGENDS COULD NOT DEVELOP!

7:27 – MORE THAN 20 CREEDS IN 9 NT BOOKS (LUKE 24:34; ROMANS 10:9; 1 PETER 3:18; 1 JOHN 4:2). Binmin blog: “Early Christian Creeds: 8 Points Proving the Resurrection”

9:16 – SO WHAT? CREEDS PROVE JESUS’ RESURRECTION. ONLY ENCOUNTERING A RESURRECTED JESUS EXPLAINS THE DISCIPLES’ TRANSFORMATION.

10:38 – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP? READ THE CREED: 1 CORINTHIANS 15

11:23 – THANK YOU & WRAP UP

FURTHER RESOURCES: Habermas, Gary R. The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ. Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company, 1996.
Dr. Bob Martin III, Early Christian Creeds: 8 Points Proving the Resurrection, Binmin.org

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