I affirm the Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
My personal statement of faith:
– God is the creator of all things. He created all things through His Son Jesus Christ.
– Man: God created Adam and they enjoyed a Father-Son relationship. But Adam gave up this relationship. He sinned by choosing to know good and evil, which was the pre-cursor of the Law. Adam trusted in human strength and wisdom – trying to be like God. Adam died spiritually on the day he sinned. As a consequence he also died physically – this was the curse of mankind. Adam’s sin brought spiritual and physical death.
– Israel: God gave them the Law so that they would know sin. The Law (10+603 commandments) blessed or cursed them based on their works. Israel was under the curse of the Law. The rest of the nations were dead apart from the law without God and without salvation. The Law was given to show mankind that they cannot save themselves. Both Jew and Gentile are equally guilty before God.
– Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came in the flesh. He never sinned but He died on the cross for the sins of the entire world – for Israel and the nations. He rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and gave the Holy Spirit to all believers from the day of Pentecost until today.
– Salvation: Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and was resurrected on the third day to make us righteous. We can only receive this free gift by grace through our personal faith in Christ. Everyone who believes in Christ is forgiven of past, present and future sins and receives the righteousness of God freely by His grace, and will live forever with God even after death. But those who reject Christ will perish forever.
– The New Covenant is the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. We can only be saved by God through faith in Jesus Christ in the New Covenant.
– The Holy Spirit is given to all people who believe in Jesus Christ. We are strongly encouraged to also be baptized in the Holy Spirit, receive spiritual gifts and bear fruit, serving the Lord in our lives.
– The Final Judgment and Resurrection: The 2nd coming of Christ is known as the Day of the Lord. Jesus Christ will appear in the clouds with great glory and the dead in Christ will be raised and those who are alive in Christ will be caught up together with Jesus in the clouds. The rest of humanity will also be raised from the dead and judged by God and Jesus Christ – that is the final resurrection and judgment. Those who believe in Jesus Christ will enter the new heaven and earth with glorified immortal bodies and live forever without any more death/pain/sorrow/curse but those who reject Christ and/or love wickedness will be cast into the lake of fire to taste spiritual death.
– The Bible is a collection of God-breathed scriptures that were canonized by 3rd Century Church leaders. The 39 books in the Old Testament are from the Law of Moses and the Prophets of Israel. The 27 books of the New Testament describe the 4 Gospels and the Epistles to the Church. All scripture was written for our benefit – to bring salvation by personal faith in Jesus Christ.
– The Ordinances of the Church are the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism – both are powerful mystical sacraments of salvation in Christ.