We understand the Nicene creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith, you'll find it below with a little explaination.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. The creed starts by saying there is one God and that God is our Father. This is the name that Jesus gave us to call God, and also tells what God is like. The best Father, life giving, caring, loving. No other religion dares to make a connection to God in such an intimate relationship that we may consider ourselves as His children. 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. Proclaiming Jesus as Lord declares that he is the master of our lives. The name "Jesus" means God saves and 'Christ' is a title meaning anointed. His human name declaring his humanity but at the same time the Son of God, existing with God the Father before time. The word 'begotten' rather than 'created' indicates that he was brought forth from the same nature as God, not created by God. We cannot see God, but Jesus is the perfect image of God, which he can only be achieved if he is the same nature as God. As the Father and Jesus cannot be separated, where God the Father was the author of creation, so to God the Son must also have been.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man. Jesus left heaven and was born as a human for one reason, that was to restore humanity to a relationship with God. We use the word 'incarnation', becoming fully human yet still fully God. We recognise that in all things, humanity cannot save itself, that ultimately, Jesus had to restore the unity between us and God. Mary gave birth to Jesus, but he had no human father, he was conceived by the Holy Spirit. God did not dwell in Jesus, Jesus was both fully human and fully God.
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. The death and resurrection of Jesus is recorded in the gospels, witnessed by his disciples, many of whom endure agonising deaths themselves, yet they still remained convinced by the truth they had witnessed. Those same disciples witnessed his ascension into heaven and his promise to return.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. Although Jesus' first appearance was as a baby born in a stable, a life lived in full humanity, his return will be as Lord, and our response to his offer of a restored relationship with God will be accessed.
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 worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. From creation, through the stories of the old testament prophets, to the baptism of Jesus and the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of God has given life and reach out into the world to bring the reality of God to us. That same Spirit of God enables us to stay in our relationship with God, is proof to us that we can call us the children of God and continues to invite humanity into that reconnection with our creator.
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. We do not walk this world alone, we are part of the world wide family of God, as his children, we rejoice in or brothers and sister in Christ throughout the world today, and with the history of 2000 years of disciples of Jesus leading to this present day. Disciples of Jesus because we have been restored into relationship with God through his death and resurrection. One day we will see Jesus return, we shall see the promised renewed heaven and earth, and shall live as God originally intended us to be..
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