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The Apostles' Creed

Review - The Apostles' Creed is the oldest creed of Christianity which received widespread acceptance.  Tradition teaches that this creed was authored by the apostles, hence the name:  The Apostles' Creed.  This tradition cannot be substantiated; however, we do know that the creed was composed during the early part of the third century or sooner.  Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Protestants alike subscribe to this monumental statement of faith.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.  The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living 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 life everlasting.


The Nicene Creed

Review - The Nicene Creed was formed by leading church fathers of the Council of Constantinople in A. D. 381.  These articles of faith were roughly set forth in A. D. 325 by the council at Nic├Ža.  A major thrust of the Nicene Creed was to oppose Arianism and conciliate the believers around the fundamental tenants of Christianity.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made. 

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:  by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. 

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. 

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. 

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