The Nicene Creed is a faith statement that was finalized at the First Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D. It is upheld in all three branches of Christianity (Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox) as a source of theological unity.
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father [and the Son]1,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic2 and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
1 The filioque clause (“and the Son”) has been a source of debate in church history. We do not require subscription of this clause to list your book on Gospel eBooks.
2 The word “catholic” does not refer to the Roman Catholic church. “Catholic” in this creed means universal. It is an affirmation that there is only one universal church.