Know what you believe…
- Second London Baptist Confession, 1689 (Particular)
- Philadelphia Confession, 1742 (Particular)
- Standard Confession, 1660 (General)
- The Orthodox Creed, 1678 (General)
- New Hampshire Confession, 1833 (accommodating)
- Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 (SBC, accommodating)
- Catechisms: Keach’s Catechism and the Orthodox Catechism (modeled after the Heidelberg Catechism)
- The Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. The Thirty-Nine Articles can be found in The Book of Common Prayer, which is a more comprehensive standard for faith and practice in the Anglican life.
- The Westminster Standards, which include the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism.
- Articles of Religion (an adaptation and edit of the Thirty-Nine Articles) and the Book of Discipline.
- The Three Forms of Unity, which include the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.
- The Ausburg Confession, which can be found in the larger Book of Concord–the comprehensive standard for faith and practice in Lutheranism.
Virtually all church traditions above have historically subscribed to the three early church creeds, without exception:
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will 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 the life everlasting. Amen.
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,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with 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 worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
*”Catholic” means “universal” or “global”
**[The Eastern Orthodox communion omits the words “and the Son” from the creed.]
The text of the Athanasian Creed can be found here.