Believe

THIS CERTAIN TRUTH













These are written that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.

THE APOSTLE JOHN


We believe this certain truth.

God has made us and all creatures.

He's given us our bodies and souls, eyes, ears, limbs, reason, and senses, and He still preserves them.

He also gives us clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and property, spouse and children, fields, animals, and everything we have.

He richly and daily provides us with all we need to support this body and life.

He protects us from all danger, and guards us and preserves us from all evil.

All this He does out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in us.

For all this, we owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him.


We believe this certain truth.

Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is our Lord.

He's redeemed us, lost and condemned creatures, purchased and won us from all sins, death, and the power of the devil.

This He's done, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and His innocent suffering and death.

All this, so we may be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.


We believe this certain truth.

We believe that we cannot by our own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, or come to Him.

Rather, the Holy Spirit has called us by the Gospel, enlightened us with His gifts, sanctified and kept us in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

In that Christian church He daily and richly forgives all our sins and the sins of all believers.

On the last day He will raise us and all the dead, and will give eternal life to us and to all believers in Christ.


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


THE APOSTLES' CREED