June 05, 2022

Symbol of Faith - Part 1
Sunday Sermon - "I Believe"

- Fr. Gregory Edwards Ph.D - Dean -


Today we celebrate 318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council who gathered in Nicaea in 325 A.D. The Orthodox Church recognizes several councils as the highest authority which produced the Bible and the Creed. Father Gregory begins a new sermon series on the Symbol of Faith known to Orthodox Christians as The Creed. This idea of a statement of faith is found in the writings of Saint Paul and predates the Gospels. A symbol is a correspondence between two things. The Symbol of Faith or Creed is a model for Orthodox Christians to test their faith. Father Gregory's series begins with "I believe" in Greek, pistevo. This word means to consider something true and therefore worthy of one's trust. To say, "I believe in One God" is to say I trust and commit myself to God having everything in my life aligned with Him.



The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree

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The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies at Brown University. After completing a Master's Degree in the New Testament and early Christianity at Florida State University, he conducted doctoral studies in Greece at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, graduating summa cum laude in 2012. Ordained in 2007, he served parishes in Thessaloniki and Volos for 9 years. He and his wife Presvytera Pelagia lived in Greece from 2006-2016, where their four children were born. He has served as Assistant Professor of Missiology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York since 2014. Before coming to Birmingham in March 2019, Fr. Gregory served St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, FL from 2016-2019.