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What is the Apostles’ Creed?


The Apostles’ Creed, though not written by the apostles, is the oldest creed of the Christian church and is the basis for others that followed. Its most used form is:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

In its oldest form, the Apostles’ Creed goes back to at least 140 A.D. Many of the early church leaders summed up their beliefs as they had an opportunity to stand for their faith—see, for example, 1 Timothy 6:12. These statements developed into a more standard form to express one’s confession of faith at the time of baptism. It is not Scripture, but it is a simple list of the great doctrines of the faith.

The word “catholic” means “relating to the church universal” and was the word used in the original version of the Creed. It does not mean the Roman Catholic Church, but the church, the body of Christ, as a universal fellowship. The phrase, “He descended into hell,” was not part of the creed in its earliest form.

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  1. John Tobin says:

    Just want to thank you for continuing the work of our Lord Jesus. May God continue to bless you.

  2. Russ Day says:

    I was thirteen watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV when I accepted Christ as my personal savior. I am now 67 years old and today we need Christ to guide us more than ever!

  3. Peggy Costello says:

    I was raised Presbyterian and we recited the Apostle’s Creed weekly in our service. Since marrying I have joined the Methodist Church (little difference from the former) but we do not recite it ever. It has much meaning to me, I wish we would do it.

  4. Norma Gonzalez says:

    I too thank you for the explanation. I also agree with Alex about what he said about Rev. Graham. He was an excellent example of how we should be living. I know that I am trying every day. Thank you again.

  5. marvin thrush says:

    I watched Billy Graham’s sermons many times growing up. He spoke in a way that you could easily understand. He was God’s servant, he will be missed. Bless him!!

  6. Roy Campbell says:

    Thanks for the explanation.

  7. Axel Luyengi says:

    Billy Graham was a great servant of God. He taught about Christ not only by words of mouth but also by a life free of scandal. Though no man living on earth is perfect, Mr. Graham lived in such way that he modeled after Christ in humility and simplicity. He has impacted lives of millions of people across the world.