B21 recently conducted an interview with Pastor and Author Winfield Bevins about his upcoming book Creed: Connect to the Basic Essential of the Christian Faith. Winfield is the founding Pastor of Church of the Outer Banks and author of the book, Grow: Reproducing through Organic Discipleship.
– Tell us a little about the book
Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of the Christian Faith is a new book that is being published with Nav Press. Creed ties the needs of the changing, current culture to the historic faith of the church by examining the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments.
Each of these historic standards addresses important dimensions of the Christian life that are profoundly interrelated. The Apostles’ Creed addresses the doctrinal foundation, the Ten Commandments address the ethical foundation, and the Lord’s Prayer addresses the spiritual foundation. When the doctrinal, ethical, and spiritual dimensions are woven together, they offer us a balanced model for the Christian life. These three summarize the heart of Christianity and offer us a glimpse of the Christian faith as a whole.
– Why did you write it?
I wrote Creed to help the 21st century church rediscover historic discipleship. Many Christians have historical amnesia and are missing vital aspects of the faith that are necessary for spiritual growth and maturity. Our lack of historic awareness can be remedied by revisiting the roots of the faith that have nourished believers since the time of Christ. Christians are beginning to rediscover that church history has much to teach us about discipleship.
These standards of our faith have stood the test of time and have the power to speak to our postmodern world. They have been battle tested and found to be true and essential in every generation. We need to keep the past and the future in perpetual conversation so we can have a fresh expression of the timeless gospel in the twenty-first century.
– Why would it be useful for pastors and laypeople?
Creed is not dry academic theology; rather it is practical, historic, and relevant for all believers. As a pastor, I wrote Creed in and for the local church as a discipleship tool. Pastor and church leaders can use Creed as a discipleship tool for believers, both old and new. New believers will find answers to basic questions about the Christian faith while mature believers will find renewal by revisiting these foundations.
Each chapter contains highlighted notes on various topics and significant Christians related to the chapter. You’ll also find questions at the end of each chapter that can be used for individual or small group study. Either way, it will help believers, young and old grasp the essentials of the historic Christian faith.
“Creed is a call for the church to return to serious discipleship. Focusing on the scriptures and ancient creed, Winfield Bevins challenges believers to rediscover our historical roots and practices for discipleship.”
Ed Stetzer, coauthor of Transformational Church
“Creed is a short, well written book with the goal of helping Christians connect to the historic, orthodox faith. It accomplished that goal in a superb fashion. You will be edified and encouraged by this work on The Apostles Creed, The Ten Commandments and The Lord’s Prayer. You will rejoice in the “faith once delivered to the saints” that is embodied in these classics of Christianity.”
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Theological Seminary
– Visit the site: creedthebook.com to pre-order the book
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