I have faith in God, the Supreme Ruler of all creation and Loving Father. He is unchanging and unchangeable. He is omnipotent and omnipresent. His eternity and command of all things exceed my limited mental capabilities. For all my life, I will seek His wisdom and seek to understand His mysteries.
I have complete confidence and daily trust in Jesus Christ, His only Son, and my Lord. I believe in Christ’s incarnation: providing the final sacrifice for sin and further revealing God to His creation. I believe that through Christ’s death and our personal faith, we are delivered from sin through grace, reconciled to God, and made an heir of the Kingdom eternal.
I believe in the Holy Spirit and in the divine nature of His presence in our everyday lives. I rely on the Spirit to teach and to guide, through the illumination of God’s inspired word of the Holy Bible, prayer, and other people. In my day to day life, I experience and witness the power of prayer, the ministry of healing, and modern-day miracles.
I long for the unity of the church. (Ephesians 4:5-6, John 17:20-23) As God’s plan to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, the church is called to grow the Kingdom of God. I believe the people of the church are called to care for the orphans, the widows, the aliens, the prisoners, the poor, and the downtrodden among us. The church shines light on injustice, neglect, and abuse to bring truth and reconciliation. We are called to have love for one another (John 13:35).
I believe that all disciples of Christ bear the responsibility to use their gifts and abilities to glorify God with their lives. I believe that God has gifted us to respond to the needs and crises around us – in our families, churches, communities, and the world. I believe also that disciples are called to grow personal faith and to intentionally seek spiritual maturity (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12).
By Sharon R Hoover
All articles, courses, and resources in Soul Motive align with the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed.
The Apostle’s Creed details the beliefs about the divinity and incarnation of Jesus Christ. It was written originally as a personal testimony and then came to be widely held by believers by the 5th century. It summarizes the theology of the four gospels, the letters, and writings of the New Testament.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of
the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right
hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints; the
forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed was the first ecumenical statement of beliefs adopted by Christians. At the Council of Nicaea in 325, the gathering of believers adopted the doctrinal statement to establish their common beliefs and understanding of Scripture and its precepts.
WE BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all
things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father
before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being
of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our
salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and
was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried,
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth
on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and
the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the
Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who
spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge
one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life
of the world to come. Amen.