Nicene Creed

First adopted in 325 at the First Council of Nicea, the Nicene Creed provided a doctrinal statement of orthodoxy, or correct belief.
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We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds,
Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation,
came down from heaven,
and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary,
and was made man;
he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and 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 in glory
to judge the living and the dead;
whose his 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
together is worshipped and glorified,
who spoke by 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.

* The word ‘catholic’ here does not refer to Roman Catholicism, but means ‘universal,’ as in ‘what Christians have universally and historically believed.’

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