When we begin our Ephesians Series, we will be reciting the Nicene Creed in corporate worship. We like to publically confess the historic beliefs of the church by reciting ancient documents of faith. These statements are reminders of some of our key beliefs as confessing evangelicals, and they also remind us of our place in history. We are a new church, but we have an old message. As we confess these beliefs, we should do so with gratitude to God for opening up our eyes to see his truth; and also with prayerfulness, asking God to help us remain faithful in our generation.
I look forward to publically reciting this famous statement (slightly modified for clarity), which you can read more about it here.
We 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 and 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 we 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 worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe in one holy Church. We acknowledge one baptism and the forgiveness of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Below is the Apostles’ Creed, the version we have been reciting, and will continue to use at various times.
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And He will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, One holy Church, The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting.