What is a Believer?

Who is God? What does it mean to believe?

These are questions that believers have wrestled with since the beginning. Let’s start with what believers are not.

1. Believers don’t agree upon everything.

There are a great number of beliefs that we don’t agree upon because we are all unique and have different forms of taste, culture, and community. God is creative, and so are we!

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. (Colossians 2:16)

2. Believers don’t need to know everything.

Did you have perfect theology and understanding of the Christian faith when God accepted you? Or did he just accept you because you came to Jesus? Faith is more important than knowledge.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:7)

3. Believers agree upon Jesus Christ!

Obviously! He is the only way we walk in the way of love, know each other, and live together.

Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

This leaves us with the question, who is Jesus? And how do we explain our faith without explaining too little, or requiring too much?

Throughout history, the most widely used profession of faith in Christendom has been the Nicene Creed. It was created out of the creeds (beliefs) of the original apostles themselves (Peter, John, James, etc.), and was established during a time of unity by the forefathers of our our faith. It has been used by believers for almost two thousand years, and carries all the necessary elements of our faith within it.

The creed points to the same God as the authors of the bible and all other believers throughout time. Although Christians in different communities carry many diverse beliefs in addition to the creed, we will not argue or judge you for them, because we have abundant grace and love for relationship through Jesus Christ. As believers, we have found Jesus to be the only cornerstone of agreement and relationship.

Members of The One proclaim they are believers by affirming this creed.

The Nicene Creed (325 AD)

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].

With the Father and the Son
he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic (universal) and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.