Statement of Christian Unity
The Apostles’ Creed has been widely accepted in modern times as a proposed basis of Christian unity. While many churches use the Apostles’ Creed as part of their liturgy and statement of faith, some people may be unfamiliar with it. Moreover, since it is not written in contemporary English, some items may need clarification.
- To agree with the Apostles’ Creed, you have a belief in God as Trinity, including the belief that Jesus Christ is both fully human and fully divine.
- Use of the word “catholic” and “apostolic” does not refer to Roman Catholic or any other denomination of Christian church. The word “catholic” refers to the true Christian church being made up of all Christian believers world-wide. The word “apostolic” means that all Christians descend spiritually from the New Testament church founded by the original apostles.
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 was born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
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 catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting,