Belief Statement

Here at The Reformed Wesleyan we hold to the historic Christian faith as it has been preserved in the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed. They have been included here.

The Apostles Creed is one of the oldest statements of faith in the history of the Christian church, dating to the end of the first century. The Nicene Creed is an expansion of the Apostles Creed. It includes some clarity with regard to the doctrine of the Trinity and the incarnation. I have included them both because they are theologically rich and historically significant.

Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
          maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his 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;*
          the third day he rose from the dead;
          he ascended into heaven,
          and sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty.
          from thence he shall come again to judge the quick 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.

*or “He descended to hell.”
This translation is the version in the current (1989) United Methodist Hymnal

Nicene Creed

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 became truly human.
                    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.
          Who with the Father and the Son
                    is worshiped and glorified,
          who has spoken through the Prophets.
          We believe in one holy catholic* 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. Amen.

This translation is the version in the current (1989) United Methodist Hymnal.

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