With Christians around the world and throughout the ages we affirm the Apostles’ Creed as a summary of what we believe. This creed is used in the baptismal covenant that initiates new members into the body of Christ (the catholic or universal church), the United Methodist Church as a denomination and Abilene First United Methodist Church in particular.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I commit myself to God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I set my heart upon 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 to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I place my trust in the Holy Spirit,
the holy church universal,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*The Apostles’ Creed can be found in The United Methodist Hymnal as #882. We’ve substituted “I commit myself to,” “I set my heart upon,” and “I place my trust in” for “I believe in” and “holy church universal” for “holy catholic church” to better capture the original sense of the creed.
LOOKING FOR MORE THAN A SUMMARY?
Our denominational website of the United Methodist Church has an excellent page with resources to learn more about Christian, Wesleyan, and United Methodist Beliefs.