I like the fact that The Apostles' Creed begins with the word "I". "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth." That "I" makes this statement personal.
When I was in my first year of seminary I applied to do field education in a church. In my interview with the pastor, I asked what she believed. She replied by telling me that she believed the Apostles' Creed. At the time I thought that her response was rather weak. Could she not tell me in her own words what she believed?
Since my early days in seminary, thirty years ago, I have come to have a much greater appreciation for the Apostles' Creed and its role in helping us articulate our faith. Many young people today have no familiarity with this Creed and coincidentally many Christian young people have difficulty articulating their faith. The Apostles' Creed is both a personal statement of faith, and it is a confession that unites us with the Church through the ages. This means we cannot simply study the Creed as a matter of historical inquiry. We are invited by that little word "I" to say what we believe.
Jesus' question to his first disciples is just as relevant for us today. He asked them, "Who do you say I am?" (Mark 8:29) As we speak the words of the Creed, we answer that question personally but not individually. We answer with the Church, past, present, and future.