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The Nicene Creed
What do all Christians believe?
In AD325, the Emperor Constantine called together 120 bishops from across the Roman Empire, to agree on a statement of what all Christians believe (The Creed).
The Nicene Creed is named after the place where they met; the city of Nicea, in France.
Whichever denomination Christians belong to - from Anglican to Pentecostal - they are all united by this one statement of belief. This is why the Nicene Creed is a fantastic document to study, as it is an important statement of belief about the Trinity and the different roles of each member.
Some say it together in their services.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy Christian 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 Nicene Creed tells us:
- The Father is the powerful creator of everything.
- The Son came to earth as God in human form (incarnation) and was crucified to redeem all humans' sins.
- The Holy Spirit works for God in the world today to guide and help people.