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The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation;
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

Translation © 1988, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Christian Reformed Church in North America.

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Four Things You Want to Know About the Nicene Creed

A creed is a statement that a group uses to explain and uphold its core beliefs.

There’s an old creed that you might find hidden in some dusty books if you wandered into a church, but you may be surprised to hear that it is still read aloud there, and in countless other churches of all sorts around the globe. We call it the Nicene Creed.

It’s a statement about God and what the Bible teaches about him. Here are four things to know about the Nicene Creed:

  1. The Nicene Creed is also known as the “Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.”
  2. The Nicene Creed is very similar to the Apostles’ Creed.
  3. The Nicene Creed is a formal statement defending certain beliefs about God.
  4. The Nicene Creed is world famous!

This creed is the most widely accepted and used formal statement of Christian beliefs in the world. It’s a unifying statement of our fundamental belief about God based on his own Word, the Bible, for many Christian denominations.

Many church traditions recite the Nicene Creed during Sunday worship services, special events (like baptisms), and special holidays (like Easter).

The original authors’ goal in writing the creed was to promote knowledge of the one, true, Triune God of the Bible. They wanted such knowledge to move their readers to worship him.

The Nicene Creed is anything but outdated. Because it faithfully interprets the living and active Word of God, the creed is as relevant as ever.

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Emperor Constantine
Constantine the Great became emperor of the Western half of the Roman Empire.
Edict of Milan
Emperor Constantine decreed freedom of religion in the Empire through the Edict of Milan.
In Alexandria, Arius (256-336) began to teach the false belief that the Son of God was merely created by God the Father.
Constantine, now a professing Christian, became emperor of the entire Roman Empire.
Earliest Form of the Creed
At Constantine’s direction, 318 Christian bishops met in Nicaea at the first ecumenical council and drafted the Nicene Creed in opposition to Arianism.
Support for the Creed
Athanasius (296-373) became bishop of Alexandria and key defender of Nicene Creed.
Constantine died and successive pro-Arian emperors began to persecute Nicene supporters.
Athanasius Exiled
Athanasius was exiled for a fifth and final time for his support of Nicene Creed.
Fall of Rome
Emperor Valens killed at Battle of Adrianople, signaling the beginning of the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
The Final Form of the Creed
First Council of Constantinople: Nicene Creed edited into its present form, the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.
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