The basic creed of Reformed churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles' Creed. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament.
  • I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
  • and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
  • Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
  • suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.
  • The third day He arose again from the dead.
  • He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
  • whence He shall 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 life everlasting. Amen.
*The word "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.