Here are the creeds that we affirm and confess, as a church and as a denomination (learn why). Our congregation reads one of these during each of our worship services, after the sermon. We exclude one particular phrase from the Apostles’ Creed (“He descended into Hades”) because it is a common source of confusion and controversy.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his 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;
through him all things were made;
who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and became human;
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 is seated at the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
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 is worshiped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets;
and we believe in one holy universal and apostolic church;
we acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins;
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and of the life of the world to come. Amen.