OUR CHURCH CREED

OUR BELIEF AS THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH UNITED

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell (Hades/ Sheol) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Christian Church united, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

A Historical explanation “Creed”

 The word Creed derives from the Latin word “Credo” which means “I believe”. There are creedal statements all throughout the New Testament (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 8: 6, 15: 3-5, Ephesians 4:4-6, Philippians 2: 6-11 

 The Apostles Creed is the creed most widely used in Christian worship in the western world and the standard creed of our faith at The Gathering Church.   It is called The Apostles Creed because its content is in agreement with the teaching of the Apostles of Christ.  It is related to a shorter Roman Creed (2nd century) which derived from earlier and simpler writings.  The Creed was widely used by Charlemagne (the first Holy Roman Emperor) and was eventually accepted at Rome where the old Roman Creed and similar forms had survived for centuries. The Creed had three uses which continue to this day, first as a confession of faith for those about to be baptized, secondly as an instruction (catechism) for new Christians in the essentials of the faith, and thirdly, as a ‘rule of faith’ for believers in Christ. (Later, the Apostles’ Creed was lengthened and the language changed in the Nicene Creed.  It includes more specific statements about the divinity of Christ and the Holy Spirit.  We fully accept the Nicene Creed but choose to use the more simplified Apostles Creed as a statement of our faith at The Gathering). 

 The Apostles Creed, unlike the Roman Creed that preceded it, contains the phrase: “He descended into hell.”  This was later added by the framers of the Apostle’s Creed to distinguish the scriptures found in Ephesians 4:9  and 1 Peter 3:18-19. The Apostles’ Creed calls it “hell,” but that word translated from the King James version is not what we understand “hell” to be today. It is the Greek word “hades” (the same as sheol in the Old Testament Hebrew). This is a general term for the unseen realm of the dead. Jesus went there “in the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:19) to proclaim freedom to those who had died in faith while leaving behind and proclaiming eventual judgment to those who remained in wait for the Great White Throne Judgment: Revelation 20:11-15) . We are given a short description of this place by Jesus in Luke 16:19-31 (The rich man & Lazarus).  “Hell”, as we know it, is the eternal abode of the Devil, his demons, and the damned.  “Hell” will not be opened up until the Beast (antichrist) and false prophet are thrown there followed by the Devil, death, Hades (the abode of the lost) and anyone whose name was not found in the book of life (Revelation 20:10, 14-15). 

 Instead of “holy catholic church,” some Protestant churches use “the holy Christian church” to avoid misinterpreting the phrase as a reference to the Catholic Church. The original creed used “catholic” to define “universal” or “global” (the Latin uses the adjective catholicam). We at The Gathering Church use the phrase “the Christian Church united” in order to reflect the original meaning.  There is but one church (body) under Christ and it is to be united under His headship (Ephesians 4:3-6, 1 Corinthians 12:12).