The Nicene Creed was a creed written during the 4th century A.D., expressing the heart of the several doctrines which are critical in the understanding of who Jesus is and His relationship to the Father and the Spirit. This is the center of our confession at Mercyview:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, light from light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
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.
We 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 worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Nicene Creed – as beautiful and rich in doctrine as it is – does not state beliefs in specific doctrines that are important for the culture we live in today. We use the term “core beliefs” to express the beliefs that we, as a church, are united around. We have determined what our core beliefs are so that we can hold onto unity as a local church expression and embrace liberty in issues that aren’t essential. Though statements of convictions like this are limited in expressing the fullness of Christian belief, we offer this with humility to describe what distinguishes us from other churches.
We do not believe that every statement in our core beliefs is of equal importance. Some are considerably more essential than others. Thus we do not believe that every doctrine stated below must be believed in order for someone to be saved. It should also be understood that this statement of core beliefs is not a requirement for people who attend Mercyview. We welcome and embrace all who believe in and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, whether or not they can affirm every article of faith in this statement. Further, we welcome and embrace all who are still searching for spiritual truth and have not yet acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior.