The Apostles’ Creed, Ecumenical Version

Apostles Creed - whole

I would like to begin this blog series by looking at some basic beliefs of the Christian faith as it has been understood over the centuries by the leaders of most of the Christian churches. My intent is not to teach any specific denominational doctrine, but simply to lay a foundation that is consistent with most Christian denominations. It is my firm commitment that Christians need to spend more time seeking to find where they agree instead of nit-picking over their differences.

I will publish my first series of posts based on the Ecumenical version of The Apostles’ Creed as found in the United Methodist Hymnal (copyright 1989) on page 881. Over the next few days/weeks I will write short posts on bite-sized sections of the creed. But first let’s read the full creed.

The Apostles’ Creed – Ecumenical Version

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth;


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and will come again

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.

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