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 again 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.
(Note: The word catholic means “universal”, and is being used in this sense, not in reference to the Roman Catholic Church.)
Recognize how simple this creed is! The 1st century Church had a unity that was based upon the finished “work” of Jesus Christ. This does not mean that the Church was ignorant to the complex doctrines of the person of Christ, the triune Godhead, or many of the other disputed doctrines today. It means that the primary need of their hour was a bold stance on Jesus’ work of Atonement.
Every generation faces unique battles on different doctrinal fronts. But every generation must take a definite stand for the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. There is salvation in no other name than the name of Jesus Christ! (Acts 4:12)