Creeds

Spend some time around Northshore and you’ll likely see some creeds; sometimes we print them in our weekly bulletin, or you might even hear us recite one together in a worship service. Some are ancient creeds of the Church, others are connected to our denomination, and some are those we’ve written ourselves. Here are some of the creeds we use:

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 
On the third day he rose again; 
he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, 
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the holy Church universal, the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting.

Nicene Creed

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 worshiped 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.

Purpose of the Church

Leader: Church, what do we believe is the purpose of the Church?

Congregation:

  • Worship the Triune God in His majesty, for His works and His love;
  • Edify believers in Christian faith and equip them for service; and
  • Proclaim the Gospel and reach out in acts of love, charity, and compassion in our community and the world.

The Scriptures Inspired

Leader: Church, What do we believe regarding the Bible?

Congregation: We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, 
are verbally inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, 
the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

The One True God

Leader: Church, What do we believe regarding the The One True God?

Congregation: The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

Leader: Church, What do we believe regarding Jesus?

Congregation: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: 
His virgin birth, 
His sinless life, 
His miracles, 
His substitutionary work on the cross, 
His bodily resurrection from the dead, 
and His exaltation to the right hand of God.

Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”

Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.

Divine Healing

We believe in divine healing. The teaching of our Scripture is clear; we are privileged to pray for the sick and hopeless. We have the assurance that our prayer is effective, and we delight that our God is capable. We pray with the strong promise of care, but never assume the answer. We declare that healing is a free gift from God, and is not based on personal righteousness or merit. We believe that while physical healing may not always come, turning to God is always right. Ultimately, we relish the love of our Savior and take comfort in his yoke.

Our Ultimate Hope

We believe in the God of the past, present and future
Who holds all of Creation in His hands
Who remembers His people with compassion
Who honors His covenant promises and commitments
Who vindicates the faithful, the victim and the oppressed

We look forward to the final and full realization of His Kingdom
Which will heal all hurt, sickness and sin
Which will restore all brokenness and right all injustice
Which will resurrect the redeemed to eternal living hope

We anticipate the day when all the kingdoms of this world
Become the Kingdom of our God and His Messiah
The day when God is ALL in ALL. Amen.

First Importance

Friends, what do we believe is of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 
that he was buried, 
that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and 
that he appeared. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5)

The Shema

Hear, O Israel: 
The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 
You shall love the LORD your God 
with all your heart and with all your soul 
and with all your strength. 
These words that I am commanding you today 
are to be on your hearts. 
Impress them on your children 
and talk about them when you sit in your home 
and when you walk on the road, 
and when you lie down and when you arise. 
Tie them as a sign on your hand 
and let them be as symbols between your eyes. 
Write them on the doorframes of your house and on your gates. 
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Translated by Dr. Robert Stallman
Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 22:34-40

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