“In essentials, unity. In nonessentials, liberty. In all things, charity.”
What Are Our Essentials
In AD 325, the Emperor Constantine called together 120 bishops from across the Roman Empire to settle controversies and divisions that were creeping up in the church and to agree on a statement of what all Christians believe (The Creed).
The Nicene Creed is named after the place where they met, the city of Nicaea (in modern-day Turkey). We unite by this one statement of belief with the Christian churches of the world and the historic Church. In the 1970’s, a modern English translation was made.
The Connection Church holds to this creed as its “essentials.” We trust in the good God that it proclaims, who made the world good and loves the world so much that He commits everything to its rescue and renewal. We want to love the world like God loves the world. We live to imitate our good God’s commitment to His Creation’s redemption and reconciliation.
The Nicene Creed
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, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. 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. 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. With the Father and the Son, he is worshiped and glorified. He 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.
*The term “catholic” is in reference to the global Christian community, rather than any particular denomination.
**God forgives sins only on the basis of repentance and faith in Christ. Baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) is the one baptism that serves as an indicator and declaration that conversion has happened within the individual.
“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3-6 NLT