The Apostles’ Creed was developed by the early Church to summarize Biblical teaching (the teaching of the apostles). It was originally written in Greek, and then translated into Latin. Today, it is still the standard for Christian churches across traditions and is exceedingly useful in delineating what actually comprises Christian belief. Making use of the creed helps us to remember what we believe and reorient our hearts to the truth.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into Hell.*
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic** church, the communion of saints***,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.
* some churches translate this phrase “He descended to the dead.” The main point is: He REALLY died on behalf of the Church.
**catholic, meaning universal
***saints in this context means “Christians”