What We Believe
Apostles’ Creed (Circa 2nd Century AD)
I believe in God the Father, Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day he arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
The holy catholic church;
The communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed (381 AD)
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Having, as we trust, been brought by sovereign grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will pray for and work to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We will be slow to take offense and always eager to seek the reconciliation Christ commands.
We will walk together in brotherly love, as is fitting for the members of a Christian Church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish, correct, and plead with one another as occasion may require.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.
We will endeavor to use our spiritual gifts for the good of our brothers and sisters and for the glory of God.
We will resolve to train the children of this church in the nurture, instruction, and discipline of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family, friends, and neighbors.
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by God’s grace, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been identified with Christ through baptism, so there is on us a special obligation to lead a new and holy life.
We will use Scripture alone as our ultimate and final authority, rejecting all heretical beliefs and practices.
We will work together for the continuation of a faithful Gospel ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel to the nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other Gospel-preaching church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
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