"I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible"
Here at All Souls we embrace statements like those below not as tests but as testimonies. There have been many different expressions of faith over the years and while it is the duty of each generation to give voice to the Christian faith, some statements that have withstood the test of time and even today serve to unit Christ's people from all times and traditions. We have included some of these below as well as the the statement of faith from the United Church of Christ to which we belong.
The Apostles' Creed
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.
The Korean Creed
We believe in the one God, maker and ruler of all things,
Father of all humanity, the source of all goodness and beauty, all
truth and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our
teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for
guidance, for comfort, and for strength.
We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the life of love and
prayer, and in grace equal to every need.
We believe in the Word of God contained in the Old and New
Testaments as the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice.
We believe in the Church, those who are united in the living
Lord for the purpose of worship and service.
We believe in the Kingdom of God as the divine rule in
human society, and in the family of God, where we are all
brothers and sisters.
We believe in the final triumph of righteousness, and in the
life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made, who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic church; I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ (Adapted)
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to his deeds we testify:
He calls the worlds into being,
creates men and women in his own image
and sets before them the ways of life and death.
He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
He judges mortals and nations by his righteous will
declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,
he has come to us
and shared our common lot,
conquering sin and death
and reconciling the world to himself.
He bestows upon us his Holy Spirit,
creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ,
binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
He call us into his Church
to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
to be his servants in the service of humanity,
to proclaim the gospel to all the world
and resist the powers of evil,
to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,
to join him in his passion and victory.
He promises to all who trust him
forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,
courage in the struggle for justice and peace,
his presence in trial and rejoicing,
and eternal life in his kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him. Amen.