Church History-7. Creedal Statements.


At the beginning of the fourth century, Emperor Constantine called a council of bishops to meet to settle a controversy concerning the Lord’s Supper. This was the Council of Nicaea in 325. Subsequent to that, many other councils were called together to settle disputes in the church. From this council of Nicaea came the Nicene Creed. This creedal statement helped establish orthodoxy across the empire. The purpose of creedal statement is to help establish proper theology. Please read through the Nicene Creed then ask yourself this question, “Do I believe in all the statements that are affirmed in this creed?”

The Nicene Creed

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

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.