The Nicene Creed is the church’s statement of belief, spoken by Christians across centuries and throughout the world.
The origins of the creed date to the first centuries of the early church when it was struggling to define itself and to explain who Christ was and particularly who Christ was in relation to God.
The creed first came together when the early fathers of the church gathered at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD to address perceived heresies that were circulating among the Christian communities. Nicea and later councils, notably those at Constantinople in 381, Ephesus in 431, and Chalcedon in 451 affirmed that Christ was fully God and fully human, and was “of one being with the Father.” The creed has remained virtually unchanged since then.
The Nicene Creed as found in The Book of Common Prayer
The Nicene Creed with photos in PowerPoint
This study below explores the creed both as an expression and symbol of our faith and belief and as a a prayer that what we believe and see may be realized in our own lives, personally and corporately.
This study is written by the Rev. Mike Marsh, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Uvalde, Texas.
Session I – Repetitious Believing
Session II – Who Believes? Sometimes I Do. Other Times We Do.
Session III – Communal Believing
Session IV – Five Things We Believe about God
Session V – The Scandal of Being Human
Session VI – We Believe in the Life-giving Spirit
Session VII – We Do Not Believe in the Nicene Creed