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The Apostles’ Creed

Probably the most well-known of the historic creeds, the Apostles’ Creed is also likely to be the most quoted. Its first mention is in a letter written in 390, and tradition suggests that each of Jesus’ 12 disciples contributed one part. It may have been written as early as 180. Likely based on the Old Roman Creed.

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I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall 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 life everlasting.
Amen.

* The word “catholic” refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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