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I Believe… (The Baptismal Covenant)

Celebrant      Do you believe in God the Father?
People           I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                      creator of heaven and earth.
Celebrant      Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People           I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
                     He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
                     and born of the Virgin Mary.
                     He 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,
                     and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
                     He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Celebrant     Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People          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.

The first part of the Baptismal Covenant is an affirmation of Christian belief. Its basis is in the Apostles’ Creed, which was formulated in early Christian times as an affirmation of faith. While it isn’t believed to have been written by any of the apostles, the beliefs summarized in it are consistent with known beliefs from early in the Christian era.

The fact that this creed starts off with “I believe” emphasizes its use as a personal affirmation. When the words are spoken, they show the importance of these beliefs in our lives.


October 2, 2014 - Posted by | Baptismal Covenant Series |

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