Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Home Church Langley is a Christian congregation which affirms the authority, or divine authorship, of the Holy Scriptures (the 66 books of the Bible). The Bible contains the words of God and is essential and sufficient in providing us with the knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. These words of God are eternal and unchanging, reflecting the eternal and unchanging nature of our God. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Although there are some things in the Bible that are “subject to interpretation,” by virtue of the fact that God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts, much of what the Bible says, particularly when it comes to the central tenets of the Christian faith, is quite clear. These “central tenets,” or doctrines, of the Christian faith have been under attack since the beginning of Christianity- especially those doctrines which pertain to the state of the divinity of Christ Jesus and the 3 in 1 nature of the Trinity.
Therefore, in the 4th century AD, two crucial councils were formed (the council of Nicea in AD 325 and the council of Constantinople in AD 381) in order to codify the necessary and essential beliefs about God, derived from the Holy Scriptures, which would provide the anchor for the Christian faith to which the Universal Christian Church would strictly adhere- The Nicene Creed.
The importance of a unifying creed in the time of Roman polytheism cannot be overstated. In that culture, the idea that Christianity had three gods instead of one or that Jesus was considered a “lesser god” could have become widespread and infiltrated the early church like a pestilent blight. Therefore, hundreds of years later, we rejoice at the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding the leaders of the Church to codify these central Christian doctrines, thus illuminating the truth of the Scriptures at a time of rampant paganism, which continues to stand firm even today in a time of abstract deconstruction and moral fluidity.
The Nicene Creed is still considered the universal standard of Christian belief and is recited weekly or even daily by millions of believers in churches around the world.
This creed is shown below, with each line being amplified by Bible verses (not an exhaustive list) which confirm the truth of each belief statement.
THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation,
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
The third day he rose again,
according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father
and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy
catholic [or, universal]**
and apostolic [or, of the apostles]
We affirm one baptism [or: Spiritual re-birth] for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
**In this context the word “catholic” does not refer to the
Roman Catholic Church, but rather to all of the born-again saints
across the globe, who make up the Church of Jesus Christ.
For more info on the Nicene Creed: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/the-nicene-creed-where-it-came-from-and-why-it-still-matters