– About the Creeds

The Church, in order to teach its new members and also to prevent invading heresy by false interpreters of the Bible, declared that under the promised guidance of the Holy Spirit certain fundamental beliefs were inherent in the Scriptures and they wrote these down in Creeds (from Credo – I believe).

THE APOSTLES CREED is one of the most famous of these Creeds.  It was so called because tradition held that the 12 Apostles produced it.  This is not so but at least every phrase in the Creed was rooted in Scripture and the Church used it to teach members the fundamental Christian (Biblical) beliefs in the early centuries of the Church’s history.  It was called the Apostles Creed about
390 AD in a letter by St. Ambrose but it had been in use long before that.

THE NICENE CREED was issued by the Church in 325 AD and it was drawn up at the Council of Nicea to defend the Orthodox, Biblical beliefs against the Arians.  These were heretics in what they believe about the Person of Jesus in that they denied His divinity saying Jesus was not of “one substance with the Father.”  This famous Creed is held in common by all Christian denominations and like the Apostles Creed is to be found in most Church hymnaries or Service books.

 THE APOSTLES CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

on the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy worldwide Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

THE NICENE CREED

 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 worshipped 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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