Does Your Church Teach the Creeds?

The Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted and used brief statements of the Christian Faith. In liturgical churches, it is said every Sunday as part of the Liturgy. It is common ground to Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and many other Christian denominations. Many groups that do not have a tradition of using it in their services nevertheless are committed to the doctrines it teaches.

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 worshipped and glorified.
He 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.

Because I grew up Catholic, I know this creed blindfolded. I haven't said it in years because my churches aren't liturgical, but I miss it. Anybody else? I'd love to hear if you've recited it with your church body recently.


Erin said…
We used to sing this back at Creekside Community Church when Dale Beaver led worship. We you there waaaay back then?

Being raised Southern Baptist, I was not familiar with the Nicene Creed (or any creed for that matter- we talked about the priesthood of the believer, but I don't really think that's a creed).

I loved learning the Nicene Creed. It's like a 12-course meal condensed into a n energy bar! And the way Dale taught it to us came with a pretty rockin' beat too.
... said…
We actually were reciting this last night in class "Theology in Biblical Counseling"

My Kids' Mom said…
We recited something like this every Sunday in Protestant military churches. Wow, haven't thought of this in years. We used the Apostles' Creed, which has similar elements.

It's good to know this. Hey, I think I'll teach it to my boys!