Declaration of Common Faith
Here’s a basic list you’ll find in most Protestant churches and also in the Catholic Faith:
Jesus Christ is the Only Way to Eternal Salvation (Heaven)
We Are Saved by Grace Alone, through Faith, for the “Good Works” God has laid out for us.
The Doctrine of the Trinity – 3 persons in one: God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ is the Son of God
The Incarnation of Jesus Christ
The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ From the Grave
The Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven
The Holy Bible is the Inspired and Infallible Word of God
The Doctrine of Hell
The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ
In the Catholic Faith, we also have the Apostles’ Creed
Where the New Testament ended, the churches continued on, fleshing out the faith in which we now believe.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator 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, and on the third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from thence 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 Nicene Creed was laid out at the Council of Nicea in the year 325 (Canon of the Bible was not official until year 393)
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Other Catholic Doctrines and Practices were fleshed out in the Early Church and we have that tradition today:
Read more about Mary Mother of God, the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, Purgatory, the Communion of Saints, and more