The Apostles' Creed is an ancient text that was memorized and repeated by the early church for centuries. It has been preserved throughout history and is still used in many churches today.
The creed itself has no inherent or inspired authority, and was never intended to be treated the same as Scripture, but it is a very concise list of basic doctrine that is helpful for the church.
Originally written in Greek, a good and common English translation is as follows:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
The third day he arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
This coming Sunday we will be playing a new song for the first time called This I Believe. This song was written by Hillsong in an attempt to modernize this ancient creed. A series of bold statements of faith, this will not only allow us to declare God's truth, but will ingrain in us some excellent doctrine about the beliefs of the church.