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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. Dave Murray says:

    This is something we believers should all know. A simple statement of faith. A great way to be acknowledge Jesus especially when talking to a Mormon. We don’t need to argue, just acknowledge Jesus.

  2. James says:

    It is truly the basis for our belief in Jesus Christ. It is presented in the form of the trinity without using the word trinity. God is the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

  3. Vickie Avera says:

    I grew up listening to Billy Graham and later to Franklin Graham. I miss seeing their messages on TV. I always knew it was the true Word of God.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Vickie,

      You can watch Billy Graham Classics on TV. Here is the schedule:

  4. Jacob says:

    I’m grateful for this message. Praise Jesus, King of kings

  5. Rev Fredrick Odhiambo Juma says:

    Thank you for the Spirit-filled messages.

  6. Karen Mino says:

    Thanking God for your ministry, please pray that God will give us His power to pray for HIS will. 😇 That all may know Jesus loves all of His creation and be saved!

  7. theresa says:

    This says it all! Amen!

  8. Christine Pinto says:

    Thank you.

  9. Neil weiler says:

    Thanks for all that you do. Billy Graham inspires me.

  10. Bud Yoakum says: