The Apostolic  Creed
“What, then, is necessary for a Christian to believe?” asks the Heidelberg Catechism. “All that is promised us in the gospel, which the articles of our catholic, undoubted Christian faith teach us in summary,” is the reply. Though this creed was not penned by the Apostles, it summarizes their teaching with simplicity, brevity, and beauty. Originally used as a baptismal formula in the second century, it reached its present form in the sixth. It gives a concise expression of the fundamentals of historic Christianity.

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The Nicene Creed

This creed is an accurate and majestic formu­lation of the historic faith of orthodox Christianity. Originating at the Council of Nicea (AD 325), and revised at the Council of Constantinople (AD 381), it affirmed the biblical doctrine of the Trinity and the Person of Christ in opposition to various heresies, especially Arianism. The Western Church added the article on the procession of the Holy Spirit from Christ, “and the Son” (Latin: filioque) when it was adopted in its present form at the Council of Toledo (AD 589).

I believe in one God, the FATHER ALMIGHTY,
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one LORD JESUS CHRIST, the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of the 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 into heaven,
and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory,
to judge the living and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I 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 I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.  Amen.
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Christ's Work  ---->
The Person of the Holy Spirit              ---->
Christ's Work Applied to Believers    ---->