I believe in one God, the Trinity composed of three distinct persons, the first being the Father – omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He, the eternally sovereign, is the creator of all things, visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the One and only Son of God, who existed before all time. In Him everything holds together. He is not a created being, but is eternally begotten of the Father. He is absolutely God in every way, in one being with the Father, yet in His incarnation was absolutely human in every way. These two natures were without division, separation, confusion, or change. For us and our redemption Christ came down from heaven and was born to the virgin Mary through the Holy Spirit. He then lived a perfectly sinless life on earth, thus fulfilling the righteous requirements of the law. In our place, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, suffered an excruciating death in which He bore the full brunt of the Father’s wrath and judgment as He became sin for us, descending into Hell, was buried in a tomb, and on the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. After appearing in the flesh to many, He ascended into heaven to be seated in His rightful place at the right hand of the Father. He promised to return back in the same way in which He left, only that time it will be in glory and judgment upon both the living and the dead. His reign will be never-ending.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, fully God who proceeds from the Father and is totally worshiped and glorified just as the Father and the Son. In the time before Christ came, the Spirit spoke through the prophets, coming and going. After Christ came, the Spirit dwells in believers, transforming us through the process of sanctification, working in us, and working through us. The Spirit is our seal and down-payment for the day of redemption, ensuring that we belong to God.
I believe in one universal, historical, and apostolic church. I acknowledge the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist as instruments of God’s grace in the life of the believer. I look for the resurrection of the dead and the eternal life to come in the new heaven and new earth. Amen