Monday 6 June 2022


Every large organisation or institution has a Mission Statement. A statement outlining what the Organisation is set up to do, what are its values, ethics, and purpose.
Many years ago, in the year 325, the first ecumenical council of churches met and wrote a "mission statement" which is better known as the Nicene Creed. The name originates from the city of Nicaea in Turkey, where the ecumenical council met.

Also known as the Credo, (I believe), this document or statement has been accepted by most Christian denominations in the world.

It is, in fact, what a Christian truly believes. It is what identifies a Christian from anyone else. 

Let's look at it in some detail:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty.

This proclaims at the onset that there is only one God. We are taught to see him and address Him as a Father. A symbol of love, caring, mercy and forgiveness. And that He is almighty; not like any other father here on earth.

Maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

He is so almighty that He has made everything. Visible and invisible.

This bit is important. It says visible and invisible. Not seen and unseen. If I were to leave one room and enter another I become unseen. But I am not invisible.

The use of the word invisible is to underline the fact that there is an invisible, spiritual, world which we do not see. We are both visible in human form and invisible in our spiritual form - our soul.

There is also an invisible world of angels and spirits of those departed from this world. As well, of course, as the invisible Holy Spirit.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. God of God, light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made.

Note in particular that we say one Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Lord, our Master, and there is no other.

Begotten - born of a Father (God) - not made by God just as He made us, and the planets and everything else.

Before all ages. Jesus has always existed. He did not just begin to exist when He was born on earth. This is when He appeared to us in human form. But before that, He has always existed with God, because He is God.

Consubstantial to the Father. From Latin consubstantialem, of one essence or substance. This word was used by the Council of Nicaea (325) to express the Divinity of Christ. The Trinity is not a hierarchy. It isn't God at the top, then Jesus, and then the Holy Spirit. All three are equal and one; and have always been so.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary and was made man;

Another proclamation that Jesus, who always existed, became human form through the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.

was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; and the third day rose again according to the Sciptures. 

What is Pilate doing here? Why is he getting a mention in the Creed?

This is very important and significant. Jesus' life, death and resurrection is not some fairy story we hear and tell our children. "Once upon a time ..."

This is actual fact and it happened at a point in time. When Pilate was ruler. The mention of Pilate is to serve as a beacon in history so that future readers reciting the Creed can identify when these real facts actually happened.

Jesus died and rose again as predicted in the Old Testament by the prophets.

And ascended into Heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end.

Jesus is indeed King in Heaven with God. We also believe that He is with us here and now in Spiritual form. Always by our side and ready to help us with our needs.

But we also believe that He will return to earth in human form as He did all those years ago.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

Another proclamation that the Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son.

The Holy Spirit has always existed. Just like God and Jesus.

He inspired the prophets to write what they wrote, and to predict the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The prophets did not make it all up as a fairy story. They were told by the Holy Spirit what to write.

And the holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

The word holy does not refer to us. There are plenty of so-called Christians who are far from holy! This refers to the Church. It was created by Jesus through Peter and it is holy because of this.

Catholic means throughout the world, universal. (Katholikos from katholou).

Apostolic means belonging and starting from the Apostles as chosen by Christ.

I confess one baptism for the remission of sins.

If we are to be put right with God we just have to accept Him through baptism and to confess and be sorry for our sins.

And I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

This is yet again very significant. Here we proclaim that this life, in this world, is only a passing phase. When we die there will be a resurrection and a new spiritual life in a spiritual world.


  1. And this is how l know it....
    Io credo in Dio, Padre onnipotente, creatore
    del cielo e della terra;.e in Gesù Cristo,
    Suo unico Figlio, nostro Signore, il quale fu
    concepito di Spirito Santo, nacque da Maria
    Vergine, patì sotto Ponzio Pilato, fu crocifisso,
    morì e fu sepolto, discese agli inferi il terzo giorno
    risuscitò da morte salì al cielo, siede alla destra di
    Dio, Padre onnipotente di là verrà a giudicare i vivi
    e i morti.
    Credo nello Spirito Santo, la santa Chiesa cristiana,
    la comunione dei santi, la remissione dei peccati,
    la risurrezione della carne, la vita eterna. Amen..!
    ❤️ 🙏 ❤️ 🙏 ❤️ 🙏 ❤️ 🙏 ❤️ 🙏 ❤️ 🙏 ❤️ 🙏

  2. ...mission statements for many never seem to be implemented.

  3. That does seem to cover in detail what we believe. I like something that speaks distinctly and that does. I admire clear thinking people.
    you be safe and take care.... ;-)

    1. Thank you so much, Jack. I thought I'd describe every statement in the prayer separately.

      God bless.

  4. I remember having to memorize the Nicene Creed for confirmation. At our (Lutheran) church in which I was raised, it was only recited on the first Sunday of the month. Today the Apostle's creed is recited every Sunday, but I've never heard mention of the Nicene version. (Hmmmm ... something I may want to ask Pastor Janet about.)

    1. Yes, for some reason there are two versions in our church too. Sometimes we recite the Apostles' Creed, which is shorter, and at others the Nicene Creed as shown above. I'll be interested to hear what your Pastor says. I'll also check with Fr Francis.

      God bless, Mevely.

    2. Thank you, Victor. I also remember the phrase, "He descended into Hell" immediately following the word, buried. Guess I'm showing my age -- but after having recited it so many years, sometimes my tongue wants to blurt that part out before I remember to stop myself.

    3. The two most well-known creeds in the Christian church are the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. Both creeds state similar beliefs, but the one major difference is the statement “he descended into hell” found in the Apostles’ Creed.

      There's been confusion and debates about the meaning of these words for many years. Some believe they simply mean that Jesus died; He went "below" where dead people go, rather than hell as we know it. Others believe He went to hell to set those there free since they have now been forgiven and saved by His death and Resurrection.

      I take a personal "Victor" approach to all this.

      Basically, I don't dwell too much on certain wordings and doctrines of the teachings of the Church.

      Especially the Catholic Church.

      I once got into a debate with a priest as to why we have to confess to a priest rather than God direct. He quoted Matthew 18:18 "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

      I told him that Jesus said this to His disciples, not to him. I don't think the priest liked that!

      God bless, Mevely.

  5. Dearest Victor,
    There is a lot of truth and information in our Credo and we better adhere to it!

  6. I can rattle off the Nicene Creed from memory, because we say it at Mass, but I struggle over the wording of the Apostle's Creed.

    1. There are some slight differences between both.

      God bless, Kathy.

  7. more than ever, we need to know what we believe, what we stand for, what we value. a personal mission statement might help us navigate the days ahead with greater confidence ...

    1. Thank you, Linda. Yes, I agree what you say.

      God bless always.

  8. A very important statement of faith, worth memorizing and contemplating.



God bless you.