Nicene Creed…what do you believe?

In the Evangelical churches that I have attended I never remembered the Nicene Creed being a part of what I was to believe. I admit, they could have been saying it between the Sunday school report and the hell, fire and brimstone preaching…but I don’t remember it. Even after I stepped out of the denominational infighting churches and switched my church going habit to the liberating Non-denominational brand, we still didn’t hear much about this creed deal. I guess it’s because the creed is not in the Bible and we all know God ONLY speaks to us through the Bible? Really?

I have a confession, I have been quietly attending the early Eucharist at a neighborhood Episcopal Church for the past six months and it has been very refreshing and very worshipful. Entering the service quietly and in prayer is a great way to prepare your heart to be with God. It’s not passive…I get to kneel and pray out loud. They have this book called The Book of Common Prayer and it is full of these sayings and prayers. This Nicene Creed is one that we seem to say a lot…this is how it reads…  

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. 

If you read it fast please reread it slowly thinking about what you are saying…is that rich or is it just me? Come to find out it was written a few years ago (325AD) by some pretty smart and holy men. I am humbled by those words and I am humbled by reciting them with other believers in worship. Now that you know that I am a closet Episcopalian…let me say that I firmly believe in the Nicene Creed…do you?

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sophroniscus Sophroniscus

    Amen!!

  • lelawakin

    This creed is chock full of scriptural truth! I grew up in the Episcopal Church and had the services/Book of Common Prayer memorized. I cannot remember a time when we were taught the scriptures or the deep significance behind any creed's phrases in our church. i was confirmed, but it was more an event on the calendar than a faith milestone for me.
    My experience was that weekly recitation became rote, like the daily elem. school Pledge of Allegiance. in church services my little heart would cry out to God for a connection with Him, and even trying to “think” about what I was saying didn't help me get there. It was through an evangelical ministry that scripture became part of my life and my soul came alive, born again through Christ's redemptive work, reconciling me to the Father.

    I think it's safe to say that we in the evangelical movement threw the baby out with the bath water – that some memorized creeds and treasured traditions are valid expressions of our faith. The danger I find is in the ho-hum treatment that comes with familiarity and rote recitation.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Lela….I agree…the words have to have meaning in your heart before they come alive!
    Sometimes I find myself wanting to raise my hand in praise or putting inflection in my voice in an effort to break the monotone routine that I know holds some of the people in bondage.
    Loved your story…thanks for commenting

  • lelawakin

    Having eyes they do not see, having ears they do not hear…

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sophroniscus Sophroniscus

    In my humble opinion we frequently lay too much importance on conscious thinking… and not enough on the work of the Holy Spirit.

    I frequently attend an Indian church. They recite the Creed of Constantinople in Malayalam, a language I do not understand. I believe that the Holy Spirit speaks to the inner reaches of my mind directly, bypassing mere conscious thinking.

    Why do I attend a church which uses a language I do not understand? I go, knowing that God brought the Christians of Saint Thomas half way around the world so that they could pray with me. Is it not a good idea for me to go a few miles to pray with them?

    “You will know they are Christians by their love…” Isn't that what worship is all about? “Little children, love one another.”

    When one prays the Creed in a group one participates in the love of the whole group. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

    It really doesn't bother me that someone might mouth the words without understanding. Who am I to stand in judgment of another? The Holy Spirit speaks to his heart.

  • http://www.ebroussard.com/ ebroussard

    Great perceptive…we tend to take credit for the work of the Holy Spirit when it’s visible and MISS IT when he is at work…thanks