FIRST AND FOREMOST, I BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD.
I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS A HISTORICAL RECORD.
I believe the Old Testament records the creation of the world, the fall of man, the establishment of God’s covenant with Israel, and the promise and anticipation of a Savior (Genesis 2:4). The New Testament tells the true story of the life, death, and resurrection of that Savior, Jesus Christ, the birth of the Church, and the promise of Christ’s return (Matthew 1:1).
I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS MEANT TO BE READ.
Because God’s Word is true, I believe that even the parts that are sad, scary, or difficult to understand are good news. Every page, from cover to cover, is given that we might know God (Matthew 4:4).
I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS FOR YOU.
No amount of knowledge or wisdom makes you more or less qualified to meet God in His Word. Nothing you are doing, have done, or will do renders you ineligible for the good news of the gospel (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS FOR RIGHT NOW.
You can read the Bible right where you are, just as you are. It is the only living and active book in the world (Hebrews 4:12), and we can trust the Holy Spirit to illuminate the words He has already inspired (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible exists for moments like this—the moment you lay it open and look for Jesus (John 20:31).
I BELIEVE IN THE TENETS OF THE APOSTLE’S CREED, A STATEMENT OF FAITH USED BY CHRISTIANS SINCE THE FOURTH CENTURY:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church,
The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
* “Catholic” refers to the universal church of God’s people throughout all time and from all places.