The Apostles Creed

Apostles CreedTHE APOSTLES CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator 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.
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead,
He ascended in heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God,
the Father almighty;
from thence He shall come again
to judge the living 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 life everlasting.
Amen.

The Apostles Creed is a brief statement of our core beliefs as Catholics.  It is called the Apostle’s Creed because our ancient traditions date the profession of our faith back to the Apostles themselves.  It was created for the first time in Rome toward the end of the 2nd century.

Anyone who asked to be baptized was required to make this profession of faith before their entry into the church.  This ensured that the new catechumens agreed with the core teachings of Christianity, before they were baptized.  Even today, when we recite the Apostles Creed together, it is an affirmation of our agreement with the truths of Christianity contained in these words.  The Apostles Creed is the foundation of our Catholic faith, and is the first part that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is founded on.

Where is The Apostles Creed Found in the Bible?

The Apostles Creed is divided into twelve statements which are founded entirely in scripture:

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, (Mt 5 :45)
Creator of heaven and earth, (Gen 1:1;  Rom 1:20)
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, (Mt 3:17;  Phil 2:12)
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, (Lk 1:35)
born of the Virgin Mary, (Lk 2:7)
suffered under Pontius Pilate, (Jn 19:16)
was crucified, died, and was buried. (Jn 19:29 – 42)
He descended into hell; (1 Pet 3:19 – 20)
on the third day He rose again from the dead, (Mt 28:1-10; Jn 20:11-18)
He ascended in heaven, (Lk 24:51)
and sits at the right hand of God, (Heb 1:3)
the Father almighty; (Mk 14:36)
from thence He shall come again (Mt 16: 27;  Acts 10:39)
to judge the living and the dead. (1 Cor 15: 51)
I believe in the Holy Spirit, (Jn 14:15 – 20;  Acts 1:7 – 8)
the Holy Catholic Church, (Mt 16:18 – 19;  Eph 5:26-27;  Col 1:24)
the communion of Saints, (Mt 28:19 – 20; 2 Cor 11:13; 1 Cor 15: 33)
the forgiveness of sins, (Jn 20:22 – 23)
the resurrection of the body, (1Cor 15:51 – 54;  1 Thes 4:13 – 18)
and life everlasting. (1 Jn 5:20)

Amen.

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