Statement of Faith – The Nicene Creed


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 Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.



* This statement was written well before modern “Roman Catholicism,” uses the word “catholic” to communicate the concept of “universal” or “worldwide” church. It refers to the unity of all Christian churches, worldwide, not a reference to Roman Catholicism in particular.
The Nicene Creed, also the “Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed,” is a statement of the orthodox faith of the early Christian Church. In its present form, this creed goes back partially to the Council of Nicea, 325 AD, with additions by the Council of Constantinople. It was accepted in its present form at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, but the phrase “He [the Spirit] proceeds from the Father and the Son” was not added until 589.