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Nicene Creed

June 5, 2006

Personalized version from the Book of Common Prayer

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 the 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, and was made man:
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he 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 will 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 the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe in 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.

More recent version

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, one in Being with the Father.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
By the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of 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)
Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
Who 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. Amen.
6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2006 5:11 pm

    Amen. To either one or both.

  2. June 5, 2006 9:11 pm

    And I believe what I believe is what makes me what I am
    I did not make it, no it is making me
    It is the very truth of God and not the invention of any man

    (Third Day’s Version)

  3. June 5, 2006 10:46 pm

    My children say the Apostles Creed every night before “sleepy house.”

    It’s really valuable to get that in their little hearts and minds.

  4. June 6, 2006 8:28 am

    Donna beat me to the Third Day version.

    Thanks for the reminder, Tommy. Love those words.

  5. June 6, 2006 12:09 pm

    yeah i agree with donna and amy, but it could very well be rich’s version, too. that is an awesome song! rich’s was the first version i ever heard, so all others are compared to his, but any is good … its the words, not the one singing it that makes it what it is.

  6. June 26, 2006 12:34 pm

    Hey, came to you through Phil’s site.

    I am part of a Creed saying church, so we say this every Sunday.

    The “personalized” version is actually the “older” version. In the history of the Creed, when it was said corporately it was always said “I,” hence the Latin word for he Creed is “Credo,” “I believe” This I, however, wasn’t so much personal as it was hyper-corporate. The I was the entire Church speaking to the Triune God. Of course, saying “I” feels personal, which is awesome, because saying it with others you get the feeling that we are all on the same page in our faith.

    The more recent Creed used in our churches uses “we” for this corporate moment. We is great because sometimes “I” don’t actually believe everything in the Creed, because of doubt and struggle, and saying “we” can help encourage me that even when I don’t believe in God, “we” do.

    Oh, and that wasn’t so much Third Day but rather Rich Mullins, whose song Third Day is singing.

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