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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. ALECIA SMITH says:

    This information is very interesting. I thought this creed was related only to the Roman Catholic Church.

  2. Moses njenga says:

    Want to read more about early Christianity

  3. Daryl Ann Maurer says:

    I was raised Roman Catholic, and am a born again Christian. Our pastor went over this in church. The Spirit was moving the congregation in beautiful ways. Praise the Lord. Jesus is Lord.

  4. Barbara Williamson says:

    Thank you. The best explanation I have ever heard. Very easy to understand. I can remember my mom, sister and brother saying it every Sunday in a little old-fashioned Methodist church.

  5. jim mcgarr says:

    It is great to read about the Apostles’ Creed and understand it more.

  6. Ted Stewart says:

    The Apostles’ Creed – Amen. T.S.

  7. Betty Maddux says:

    Thank you!

  8. Marian H. Stricker says:

    I respect your ministry and God using you. Thank you for your sacrificing example as a disciple of our Lord, Jesus Christ. God bless you and those in your organization serving Christ. May the Holy Spirit continue to develop fruit through your efforts because of your allowing Him to use you.

  9. Gilbert Limones says:

    There for a while I was confused when it mentioned the Catholic Church but the way you explained in made it very clear, but still a little confused.

  10. Vincent Masina says:

    I fully support Apostle’s creed. This is our bond of faith in Christ Jesus.