The Nicene Creed
 
Christian creeds are not only affirmations of biblical truth, they are also rejections of the contrary. The Nicene Creed was fashioned in the midst of controversy, and it boldly and clearly affirms a faithful expression of Christ’s person and work. In 325AD The Council of Nicea was the first ‘ecumenical’ council (all of known Christianity was represented there), and these Christians intended to clarify the Bible’s teaching about the person of Jesus Christ. The Creed of Nicea (not to be confused with The Nicene Creed) was the result, and Jesus Christ was affirmed as both God the Son and the Son of God. More than 50 years later, in 381AD, The Council of Constantinople gathered to address the matter again. Those who argued against the clear and concise phrases of biblical truth found in The Creed of Nicea were not satisfied with the rejection of their heretical beliefs, but The Nicene Creed (authorized by the Constantinopolitan Council) put the controversy to rest. In fact, The Nicene Creed is the most widely affirmed creed in all of Christendom. Many congregations recite this creed every Sunday during their worship gatherings, affirming again and again that Jesus Christ is our great God and our gracious Savior.
 
 
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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[1] 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 worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
 
We believe in one holy catholic[2] and apostolic[3] 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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[1] This creed affirms the essential unity of the Godhead. God the Son is “of one being (or essence) with the Father.”

[2] The word “catholic” means universal. Therefore, to affirm belief in the “holy catholic church” is simply to affirm that there is and will be a gathering of all humans who have trusted in the promise of God to save through Jesus Christ from all human history and all terrestrial locations.

[3] The word “apostolic” refers to the teaching of the Apostles. An apostolic church, in the truest sense, is a church that is rooted and grounded in the Word of God as revealed through the New Testament writings of the Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.