Sometimes I hear that creeds are man made and should not be used. However, it is noted that the Bible itself contains creeds (short statements of faith). Consider these examples (from NAS95):
and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
- He who was revealed in the flesh,
- Was vindicated in the Spirit,
- Seen by angels,
- Proclaimed among the nations,
- Believed on in the world,
- Taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
- who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
- Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
- For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
- so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
- and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)
So, for a starting point, the Bible itself uses creeds. Little wonder that those who confessed the faith use creedal forms to pass on the essential or core teachings of what that faith is.