Statements of Faith: Apostles Creed and NAE

The Apostles Creed and National Association of Evangelicals are the main statements of faith for this website.

The Apostles Creed was developed to be the rule of faith, the core teaching of the church, believed by the three main branches: Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestantism.

I like the ancientness of this statement. Including it at my website connects me to church history many centuries ago.

Three texts are offered of the one creed: English, Latin, and Greek.

Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I 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.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [universal]* Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae,
et in Iesum Christum, Filium Eius unicum, Dominum nostrum,
qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine,
passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus,
descendit ad inferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis,
ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis,
inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum,
sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem,
remissionem peccatorum,
carnis resurrectionem,
vitam aeternam.
Amen.
Πιστεύω εἰς θεòν πατέρα, παντοκράτορα, ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς.
Καὶ (εἰς) Ἰησοῦν Χριστòν, υἱὸν αὐτοῦ τòν μονογενῆ, τòν κύριον ἡμῶν,
τòν συλληφθέντα ἐκ πνεύματος ἁγίου, γεννηθέντα ἐκ Μαρίας τῆς παρθένου,
παθόντα ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου, σταυρωθέντα, θανόντα, καὶ ταφέντα,
κατελθόντα εἰς τὰ κατώτατα, τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστάντα ἀπò τῶν νεκρῶν,
ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανούς, καθεζόμενον ἐν δεξιᾷ θεοῦ πατρὸς παντοδυνάμου,
ἐκεῖθεν ἐρχόμενον κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς.
Πιστεύω εἰς τò πνεῦμα τò ἅγιον, ἁγίαν καθολικὴν ἐκκλησίαν, ἁγίων κοινωνίαν,
ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν, σαρκὸς ἀνάστασιν, ζωὴν αἰώνιον.
Ἀμήν.

Commentary

*“He descended to the dead” could be translated as “he descended into hades” or the place of the dead. The concept comes from several references in the New Testament. (Most theologians believe it just means “he descended to the grave.”) However, he may indeed have descended into hades to preach to spirits imprisoned there. See the post: Do I Really Know Jesus? Did He Descend into Hades to Preach? But Renewalists (Pentecostals, Charismatics and Neo-Charismatics) generally don’t fight over such peripheral doctrines.

**“Catholic” is a Greek word meaning “universal” or the “whole world” or “global.” It goes far beyond the Roman Catholic church. The term is perfect for the worldwide Renewal.

*** “Communion” comes from Greek koinonia and means “fellowship.” The Bible calls all believers “saints.” Renewal Christians (Pentecostals, Charismatics, and Neo-Charismatics) believe that the global church of all variations and denominations deserve their fellowship. Unity around Jesus Christ.

One key phrase is that Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate. This locates him in history. Other “gods” coming to earth are difficult to pinpoint in history. Christianity is a distinctly historical religion.

One of the outstanding features of the creed is the clause, “He will come”; that is, he will return. So the Apostles’ Creed streamlines the second coming of Christ, without predicting dates or even seasons or without matching biblical verses with current events, which change from year to year.

Rather, Renewalists (Pentecostals, Charismatics, and Neo-Charismatics) across the globe have a wide range of interpretations of biblical verses about Jesus’s return. They generally believe that it is best to unify under Jesus, instead of eschatology (doctrine of the Last Things).

The Apostles’ Creed is so basic and biblical that it is easy for worldwide Renewalists to believe all of it.

Here is the modern one for my website, published by the National Association of Evangelicals. I add two doctrines about the Holy Spirit, noted by the asterisks.Two of the main reasons I choose this statement are its simplicity and its first article about Scripture. Note the asterisk there too.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.*

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.**

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.***

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

* This article about Scripture is streamlined and does not demand what Scripture cannot give. It reflects my own view that I worked out after a long search.

Please see my post here:

‘Total Inerrancy and Infallibility’ or Just Infallibility?

** The work of the Holy Spirit also involves the baptism or immersion with the Spirit, subsequent to spiritual regeneration or being born again. Alternatively, regeneration and the baptism with the Spirit can happen simultaneously (as it did for me). This additional baptism is commonly accompanied by the gift of spiritual languages, also called “tongues.”

*** The Holy Spirit can fill the believer many times after the initial regeneration and baptism with the Holy Spirit. The purpose of these subsequent infillings is empowerment for service, like evangelism or the gifts of the Spirit.

Please see these posts:

Baptized in the Spirit: What Does It Mean?

Questions and Answers about Spirit-Inspired Languages (covers five instances in the Book of Acts when the Spirit was poured out on recent converts)

Should We Call It ‘Tongues’?

The Purpose and Importance of Spiritual Languages

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Supplemental Statement of Faith: Two Historic Creeds

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