The Apostles' Creed

 

 

The basic creed of Reformed churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles' Creed. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament.

 

 

  1. I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
  2. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord;
  3. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary;
  4. suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.
  5. He endured the suffering of hell*.
  6. On the third day He arose from the dead;
  7. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
  8. from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
  9. I believe in the Holy Spirit;
  10. I believe a holy catholic** Christian church, the communion of saints;
  11. the forgiveness of sins;
  12. the resurrection of the body;
  13. and the life everlasting.
  14. * Literally: He descended into hell

    ** The word "catholic" refers not a denominatopn, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.