the apostles creed is another creed or statement of faith that is widely used in the christian community. the creed is so named, not because the apostles wrote it, but because its contents are clear summaries of the apostolic teachings of the new testament. there is evidence that it was in use  by christian churches as early as the second century.

as with all creeds/confessions of faith, it is meant to be a summation of non-negotiable beliefs, not an exhaustive document.

the apostles creed

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 descended into the grave.***

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
    and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
    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 life everlasting.


*** the original wording is “descended into hell”. this line causes controversy, obviously, but it should be noted that many argue that the original wording, “sheol” –  can be understood to mean “grave”.

* catholic meaning “universal”, not roman catholic.