The Nicene Creed: An Introduction

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The Nicene Creed: An Introduction

Author: Phillip Cary

Understand and celebrate what we believe

For centuries, the Nicene Creed has been central to the church’s confession. The Nicene Creed: An Introduction by Phillip Cary explores the Creed’s riches with simplicity and clarity. Cary explains the history of the Creed and walks through its meaning line by line. Far from being abstract or irrelevant, the words of the Creed carefully express what God has done in Christ and through the Spirit. The Nicene Creed gives us the gospel. It gives biblical Christians the words for what we already believe. And when we profess the Creed, we join the global church throughout history in declaring the name and work of the one God―Father, Son, and Spirit. Gain a fresh appreciation for the ancient confession with Phillip Cary’s help.

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Introduction: The Historical Setting

We Believe [I Believe]

Article 1: God the Father

  • In One God, the Father, the Almighty
  • Maker of Heaven and Earth
  • Of All Things Visible and Invisible

Article 2, Part 1: The Eternal Son of God

  • And in One Lord
  • Jesus
  • Christ
  • The Only-Begotten Son of God
  • Who Was Begotten of the Father before All Ages
  • [God from God]
  • Light from Light
  • True God from True God
  • Begotten, Not Made
  • Having the Same Being as the Father
  • Through Whom All Things Came to Be

Excursus: The Word and Analogies

Article 2, Part 2: God Incarnate

  • Who for Us Human Beings and for Our Salvation
  • Came Down from Heaven
  • And Was Incarnate
  • From the Holy Spirit
  • And the Virgin Mary
  • And Became Human
  • And Was Crucified Also for Us under Pontius Pilate
  • And Suffered
  • And Was Buried
  • And Rose Again on the Third Day according to the Scriptures
  • And Ascended into Heaven
  • And Sits at the Right Hand of the Father
  • And Shall Come Again in Glory
  • To Judge the Living and the Dead
  • Of Whose Kingdom There Shall Be No End 

Article 3: The Holy Spirit

  • And in the Holy Spirit
  • The Lord
  • And Giver of Life
  • Who Proceeds from the Father
  • [And from the Son]
  • Who with the Father and Son Together Is Worshiped and Co-Glorified
  • Who Has Spoken through the Prophets
  • In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
  • We Confess One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins
  • We Look for the Resurrection of the Dead
  • And the Life of the Age to Come
  • Amen

Epilogue: The Trinity in Simple Terms


248 pp. Hardcover.

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