IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS - WE HAVE UNITY
There is one Body and one Spirit… there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all… Ephesians 4:4-6
IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS - WE HAVE LIBERTY
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.
Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
IN ALL OUR BELIEFS - WE SHOW LOVE
… If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.
I Corinthians 13:2
The Nicene Creed
The Nicene Creed is one of the most widely accepted and used statements of the Christian Faith. In many liturgical churches, it is said every Sunday as part of the Liturgy. It provides common ground for Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and the many Protestant expressions of Christianity. The Nicene Creed was originally written at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, and then expanded and revised into its final version at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD. It is therefore one of the oldest faith statements of the Christian Church, boiling down "the faith once delivered" as the historic church understood it and as the present church strives to live out. These are the essential beliefs for which we have unity:
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.
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