Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Statement of Faith

I came across this statement a while ago and have gradually adopted it as a meaningful summary of my Christian faith. While we should be cautious about making additions to something so central as the Apostles' Creed, this version does a great job of connecting it more tightly to the broad scope of covenant history and to the earthly life and ministry of Christ.

The Apostles' Creed (Slightly Expanded)

I believe in God the Father, almighty,
creator of heaven and earth,
who made covenant with Abraham and his descendants,
gave instruction through Moses,
established the throne of David,
and spoke through the prophets and sages of Israel.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He proclaimed the coming of God’s kingdom,
cast out demons, healed the sick,
fed the hungry and ate with sinners.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into 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 to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

The Bible

I believe the Bible is the Word of God, consisting of 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

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