"What, then, is necessary for a Christian to believe?" asks question twenty-two of the Heidelberg Catechism. "All that is promised us in the Gospel, which the articles of our catholic, undoubted Christian faith teach us in summary" is the reply.
Though this creed was not penned by the Apostles, it summarizes the basic truths of Scripture taught by them in simplicity, brevity, and beauty. More than any other creed of Christendom, it may justly be called a universal statement of the faith. Best known of the ecumenical creeds, it gives a concise and yet full expression of the fundamentals of historic Christianity.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,