This thesis attempts to design a set of foundational faith lessons for new believers. This course bases its content on The Apostles' Creed. The course differs from previous ones in that hymns from the 2009 PCT (Presbyterian Church in Taiwan) Hymnal form the basis of the course material. It is expected that by singing these hymns, new believers can learn the content of The Apostles' Creed and thereby strengthen their faith. This is a brand -new approach to this end.
Chapter one is the introduction. It includes an explanation of the motivation and purpose of the study. It also contains information regarding the research methods used, and analyses of relevant literature.
Chapter two explores the origin of The Apostles' Creed and its importance, as well as its historical significance. Most importantly, this thesis reviews relevant literature on The Apostles’ Creed and employs the research results as the foundation for designing the foundational faith lessons.
Chapter three is an effort to understand the relationship between hymns and the Bible, hymns and theology, and hymns and music. It does so by discussing the contents of hymns and by defining hymns. This effort reveals a close connection between hymns and believers’ education, which in turn provides a solid theoretical groundwork for using hymns to design a set of foundational faith lessons for new believers.
Chapter four contains information regarding the lessons. It includes the structure of the lessons and how hymns for each lesson are selected. Instructions on how to use this book and the features of this book are also included.
Chapter five presents the thirteen foundational faith lessons based on The Apostles' Creed. This course is so organized because it follows the order of the twelve articles of The Apostles’ Creed, with an additional lesson based on the Creed’s Trinitarian framework.
Chapter six is the conclusion. Among other things, the author of this study has found that using hymns as material for teaching The Apostles’ Creed is highly applicable.