The Creed: One God

Is it significant that our Symbol of Faith begins with stating our belief in One God?

The Creed, like everything else in existence, begins with God. “I believe in One God…” Stating that we believe “in One God” first and foremost puts God in His rightful place in our lives: first. Above all else, we believe in God. He is the object of our belief, the focus of our worship, the most important part of of our Faith. So our statement of Faith reflects that by listing our belief in Him first.

It goes on to specify important details about this One God in whom we believe: He is the Father Almighty. Since the whole universe has come from Him, it follows that He is The Father. His might is above all others’. Both of these truths are summed up in the succinct phrase, “Father Almighty.” God is also the Creator (“of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible”).

Try this: Together as a Sunday Church School class, look up these scripture verses that back up each phrase of this first part of the Creed. Talk about how each scripture relates to the phrase from the Creed.

I believe in One God, (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29, 12:32; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6)

The Father Almighty (Genesis 17:1-8; Exodus 6:3; Matthew 6:9; Ephesians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 6:18)

Maker of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1; Job 38:1-30)

And of all things visible and invisible (Colossians 1:15-16; John 1:3; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 4:11)

“Pronounce the name of God with deepest reverence, remembering that everything was brought by God from non-existence into existence, and that everything that exists is maintained in good order solely by His mercy, omnipotence, and wisdom.” ~ St. John of Kronstadt

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