The following statement of belief was written in 325 AD and is
still, today, as eloquent a summary of what we believe as has ever been
written. (I editted it to counter the more recent counterfeit
We believe in one ultimate God,
the Father, the Almighty Jehovah,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
He has given us his great and
precious promises that by them we may participate in the divine nature and
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
the only Son of Jehovah,
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, died 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 in power.
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 Jehovah and Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified, proving he is
He has spoken through the Prophets.
He has attested to the gospel message with signs and wonders.
We believe in one holy Church, the bride of Christ, made up of those
chosen for salvation.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life in the world to come. Amen.