We subscribe to the historic faith of the Christian Church as expressed in the Nicene Creed and we support the Vineyard USA Statement of Faith as revised and amended. This ancient creed is a confession of faith that Christians of all denominations (Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Reformed, etc.) hold on common. It was adopted by the First Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) and revised by the First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.).
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, one in being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of 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 worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic1 and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism2 for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
1When the Creed says “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church” this does not mean “Roman Catholic.” Instead it goes back to the original meaning of the word where “catholic” with a little “c” is the Latin word for “universal.” So when various denominations say these words, they are declaring that all Christians are united in their beliefs and are part of the one true body of Christ, regardless of what “brand” or denomination of Christianity a person prefers.
2When the Creed says, “We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins” this does not mean water baptism. We are saved by God’s grace, not by any works including getting baptized (Eph. 2:8-9). This wording in the Creed alludes to what the Apostle Paul wrote: “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body” (1 Cor. 12:13). Based on this verse, the moment of salvation is also the moment a person is “baptized” by the Holy Spirit which results in forgiveness of sins.
Once again, the Apostles Creed is an ancient confession of faith that Christians of all denominations hold in common. It was adopted by two early church councils in the 4th century. And back then there weren’t Baptists or Roman Catholics or Lutherans or the Vineyard… they were all simply “Christians.”