the apostles creed
We hold to the Apostles Creed as a summary statement of the most important beliefs of Christianity. This document is one of the earliest church documents that we have, and traces its theology and doctrine back to the Apostles teaching. The apostles creed reminds us that the essential teachings of Christianity have remained the same since even the earliest days of the church.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator 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;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to 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 catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*"Catholic" means universal. When used in this context, it is not referring to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the united body called the universal church that includes every person who professes Christ as their savior, regardless of denominational affiliation.