The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
2 Corinthians 6:18 Malachi 2:10
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
John 1:18 Romans 5:20-21
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Luke 1:35
born of the Virgin Mary,
Matthew 1:18
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Mark 15:15
was crucified, died, and was buried;
Matthew 27:35 Romans 5:8 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
he descended to the dead.
Ephesians 4:9
On the third day he rose again;
Luke 24:46-47
he ascended into heaven,
Acts 1:9-11
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
Mark 16:19 Luke 22:69
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Matthew 24:30 Revelation 19:11-13 Acts 10:42
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 12:32
the holy catholic church,
Ephesians 5:25-27John 10:16
the communion of saints,
Acts 2:42 1 John 1:7
the forgiveness of sins,
Colossians 1:13-14 Matthew 26:28
the resurrection of the body,
Luke 24:39-43 John 11:24-26
and the life everlasting. AMEN.
Titus 3:4-7

Why the Apostle's Creed? Recently, a music minister friend of ours advised putting up a "statement of faith" or "mission statement" of some kind on our site, asserting that as his time is very limited he appreciates the economy of such proclamations in quickly discerning the spiritual position of particular ministries. We immediately went to work, first scouring the web sites of others in our profession whose ministries we admire and respect for their declarations, and then the four of us discussed at length what exactly defined our individual faiths. Strangely enough, most of the musicians and missionaries whose websites we examined had no such statement available; that or they were so long and specific as to surely alienate one of the four of us (if not all). Whilst discussing it among ourselves, we quickly realized that while we all agreed on the essentials of our Biblically based Christian faith, each of us had differing opinions as to what exact points to illuminate in our collective proclamation. In the end, we could only agree that the classic Apostle's Creed suited us all, and plainly spoke that which was most deeply laid upon our individual consciences as the truth. We really respect the maxim of Rupertus Meldenius which states "in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity".

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