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The Nicene Creed
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,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
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,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic 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. Amen.

 

THE CONFESSION OF FAITH
OF THE GREEK EVANGELICAL CHURCH

1rst Article

Of the Holy Scriptures
We believe in the Holy Scriptures (that is, the 39 canonical
books of the Old and the 27 of the New Testament) as the only
divinely inspired Book (1) and as the only source and the
only rule of faith and works, and that same is complete,
sufficient, secure and infallible guide for whichever case of
spiritual ambiguity and difficulty (2).
1. 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21
2. Luke 16:29,31, Rom. 15:4, 1 Cor. 9:10, 1 Cor. 10:11

2nd Article

Of Divine Inspiration and Revelation
We believe that the various books of the Holy Scriptures have
the same authority and that the only existing difference
between them as for the revelation or disclosure and
elaboration of the divine truths is that, in the case the Old
Testament the divine truths are more concealed, whereas in
the New Testament same are decisively revealed (3).
3. Luke 24:27,44, Rom. 3:21, Col. 2:17, 1 Thes. 2: 13,
Hebrews 8:7-10, Hebrews 19:1

3rd Article

Of God in Trinity
We believe in the one and only Living and True God, who is
self-existent Spirit (4), without beginning, eternal (5),
infinite, perfect in holiness (6), in glory and power (7),
unfathomable in wisdom (8), justice (9), goodness (10) and
truth (11) and immutable (12). We believe and worship the one
God in the unity of the Godhead and in the mystery of the
Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, triune, of the
same substance and equal in glory (13).
4. John 4:24, 2 Cor. 3:17
5. Deut. 33:27, Psalms 90:2
6. Mat. 5:48, 1 Pet. 1:15
7. Ex. 15:11, Psalms 145:5
8. Rom. 11:33
9. Ezra 9:10. Psalms 146:17
10. Psalms 25:8, Psalms 100:5
11. Psalms 117:2, John 17:17
12. Mal. 3:6, James 1:17
13. John 5:18, John 10:30,33

4th Article

Of the Revelation of God
We believe that God revealed Himself in nature (14), in
history and in the heart of man; that He was well pleased to
render His revelation distinct to His servants who spoke
moved by the Holy Spirit (15) and when the fulness of time
came, He revealed Himself fully in Christ Jesus, the Word
(16), who became flesh (17), who is the "reflection of glory
and the very stamp of the nature" of the Father (18) and that
the faithful narration of the divine revelations were
preserved in the Holy Scriptures (1rst and 2nd Articles).
14. Acts 14:17, Rom. 2:19-20
15. Hebrews 1:1, 2 Pet. 1:21
16. John 1:1, Gal. 4:4
17. John 1:14, Rom. 1:3
18. Hebrews 1:3

5th Article

Of Creation
We believe that it is God who created the Universe out of
nothing (19); that He is the Preserver and Ruler of all
things (20), above all things and omnipresent; that He
created man according to the Divine likeness morally (21),
capable to commune with Him, free in order to choose between
good and evil and responsible before His Maker and Lord (22).
19. Gen. 1:1, 2:1-2, Psalms 8:1-9, 104:24
20. Acts 17:24, Col. 1:17
21. Gen. 1:27, 1 Cor. 11:7
22. Deut. 30:15, Joshua 24:15

6th Article

Of the Will and Providence of God
We believe that the eternal, wise, holy and good purpose of
God contains thus all the events, so that neither the freedom
of man is taken away, but neither the existence of sin may be
attributed to God (23). Nevertheless, He, in His holy
providence rules all things (24) in such a manner, so that
they work together for the realization of His holy and
sovereign purposes and towards the exercise of His Holy
providence and the revelation of His glory.
23. Levit. 19:2, John 8:46
24. Psalms 22:28, 67:4, Rev. 19:6

7th Article

Of Man and the Fall
We believe that man was created innocent (25), and tried by
God chose evil (26) and thus the relation between God and
himself was interrupted (27) this very thing brought about
the fall of man and his subjection to the authority and power
of sin (28), the punishment of which is eternal death (29);
that due to the fall all men are born with an evil nature
(30) and thus being transgressors, cannot be saved, but by
the grace of God (31).
25. Gen. 1:27, Eccles. 7:29
26. Gen. 2:16-17, Gen. 3:6
27. Gen. 3:24, Psalms 14:3, Rom. 3:10-12
28. Gen. 6:5, Isaiah 1:5-6, Rom. 4:16-17
29. Rom. 6:23, James 1:15
30. Isaiah 48:8, Psalms 51:5
31. Rom. 6:23, Ephes. 2:8

8th Article

Of Salvation and Election
We believe that God due to His immense love towards the world
gave His only begotten Son as Savior of sinners (32), and
through His Gospel freely offers His almighty salvation to
all men (33); that God in his unfathomable good pleasure has
procured unto Himself a people, an innumerable multitude,
elected in Christ for holiness, service and salvation (34).
32. John 3:16, Rom. 5:8, 1John 4:9
33. Ezekiel 18:23, 1 Tim. 2:3, 2 Pet. 2:9
34. Deut. 7:6, Deut. 14:2, Ephes. 1:4-5, 1 Pet. 2:9-10

9th Article

Of Jesus Christ
We believe and we confess that our Lord Jesus Christ is the
eternal Word (35), the eternal Son of the eternal Father
(36), of the same substance with the Father (37), the only
mediator between God and men (38), Who for the sake of us
human beings and for our own salvation became incarnate in
time by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man
(39); perfect God (40) and perfect man (41), with the Divine
nature and the sinless human nature distinguished and
unconfounded united in one person (42).
35. Proverbs 8:22-23, John 1:2,14, Col. 1:17
36. Mat. 14:33, Luke 1:35, John 1:34
37. John 10:30, John 14:10-11, John 17:22
38. 1 Tim. 2:5, Hebrews 8:6
39. John 1:14, Gal. 4:4
40. John 5:18, John 10:33
41. Hebrews. 2:17

10th Article

Of the Work of Christ
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has revealed (4th
Article) to us the Father through His word and spirit (43),
making known to us the full will of God (44); that for our
salvation has fulfilled all justice (45) and offered Himself
as a full sacrifice on the cross (46), satisfied Divine
justice, effected propitiation on behalf of the sins of the
whole world and reconciled us to the Father (47).
42. Rom 1:3-4
43. John 17:6,8, John 14:9-10
44. Mat. 6:10, Mat. 18:14
45. Mat. 3:15, Rom. 3:24-26
46. John 19:30, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 19:11, 12, 14
47. 2 Cor. 5:18-19, Ephes. 2:16

11th Article

Of the Ascension of Christ
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the
dead (48) and ascended into heaven (49), where sitting at the
right hand of the Father (50) is always interceding on our
behalf (51); that in the hearts of the believers Christ
remains always in us (52), above us and on us ruling all
beings. Therefore, we ascribe to Him love, obedience and
worship as our Prophet, Priest and King (53).
48. Mat. 28:6, Luke 24:6,51, 1 Cor. 15:4,20
49. Acts 1:9, Philip. 2:9
50. Ephes. 1:20, Col. 3:1
51. Rom. 8:34, Hebrews 7:25
52. John 14:17, Rev. 3:20
53. Mat. 4:10, Philip. 2:10-11

12th Article

Of the Gospel
We believe that God, desiring all men to be saved and come to
the knowledge of the truth (54), has commanded, through His
Son Jesus Christ, the Church to preach to all nations the
Gospel of grace (55), through which the remission (of sins)
and eternal life is freely granted to all men (56), calling
all, at the same time, to abandon sin and to accept rest
through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (57).
54. 1 Tim. 2:4, 2 Pet. 3:9
55. Mark 1:15, Rom. 1:15-16
56. Mark 16:15, Acts 2:38
57. Jeremiah 6:16, Mat. 11:28-29

13th Article

Of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit the Lord, giver of life (58),
proceeding from the Father (59), the co-eternal and
co-everlasting together with the Father and the Son, the
Paraclete (60), Who acts freely as He wills (61) and without
His life giving grace there is no salvation (62) and Whom the
Father sends to all those who ask of Him through the Son.
58. Ezekiel 37:9, John 6:63, Tit. 3:5-7
59. John 14:26, 15:26
60. John 14:16, John 16:7
61 John 3:8, 1 Cor. 12:11
62. Mat. 3:11, John 3:5

14th Article

Of the Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Paraclete has spoken through His holy
men, the prophets and Apostles (63), in order to make known
to men the saving truth that through the glorified Savior of
ours He was sent in power (64), in order to convict the world
concerning sin (65), in order to enlighten the minds of men
about the knowledge of our Savior Christ, and in order to
convince and to enable men to obey the Gospel call; and that
He remains in the Church indwelling within each believer
(66), as the Spirit of truth, of power, of sanctification, of
comfort and love.
63. 2 Sam. 23:2, Hebrews 1:1, 2 Pet. 1:21
64. Acts 1:8, 2:43
65. John 16:8-9
66. John 14:17, 1 John 2:27

15th Article

Of Election and Regeneration
We believe and we humbly confess that God the Father before
the ages was pleased through His grace to elect a people unto
Himself in Christ Jesus (67), to whom the Holy Spirit grants
spiritual life through Regeneration, by which we become new
creatures (68) through the mysterious and merciful operation
of His power, and He uses to this end as means the truths of
the Holy Word (69), prayer, the assemblies of the faithful
and the intervention of His Holy Providence.
67. John 15:16, Rom. 8:30, Ephes. 1: 4-5
68. 2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15
69. John 5:24, John 17:17

16th Article

Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that faith in Christ is the saving grace (70),
through which we accept Him and we trust Him and we rest for
salvation only on Him (71), as same saving grace is offered
to us in the Gospel, and that together with this saving faith
"repentance to life" always co-exists (72), which is the deep
consciousness of the guilt and misery of sin, and that
through this saving faith we confess and we cast off our
sins, together with complete resolve towards sincere
obedience to God (73), and together with the certain hope
that God accepts through Christ such a penitent (74).
70. Acts 15:11, Ephes. 2:5-8
71. Acts 4:12, Acts 10:43
72. Mark 1:15, Acts 2:38, 2 Cor. 7:9-10
73. Rom. 6:18,22
74. Luke 18: 13-14, Luke 19:8-9, John 6:37

17th Article

Of Justification through Faith and Adoption
We believe that whosoever through the grace of the Holy
Spirit repents and believes in Christ, confesses and
renounces his sins and humbly relies upon the propitiatory
death of Christ, is freely pardoned (75), is justified before
God and is united with Christ, and that all the ones thus
united with Him are partakers of His life (76); and that by
adoption they are accepted into the family of God as
co-heirs together with Christ (77) having the Holy Spirit in
them, Who is the guarantee of their inheritance (78).
75. Isaiah 55:1, Acts 2:38
76. John 3:16, 36, John 5:24-25
77. Rom. 8:17, Gal. 4:7
78. 2 Cor. 1:22, Ephes. 1:14

18th Article

Of the Law and Christian's relation to it
We believe that as children of God, saved by grace and not by
works (79), guided by the light of the revelation of Christ
found in the New Testament, we are in a new relation to the
moral law of the Old Testament (80), that is to say the
Decalogue (81), realizing and applying same under its broader
meaning, that is from obedience ensuing from love, as Christ
interpreted same by his teaching and applied it in His life
(82), moving towards this goal by His grace for obedience.
79. Rom. 3: 23-24, Rom. 4:16, Ephes. 2:8, Tit. 3:5-7
80. Exodus 20:1-17, Mark 10:19
81. Exodus 24:12, Rom. 13:9-10
82. John 13: 14-15, Hebrews 5: 8-9

19th Article

Of Sanctification
We believe that the regenerated and justified and adopted
believers ought to increase in likeness to Christ (83), as
long as they cultivate the union with Him, through the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit (84), and to progress in
obedience of the truth; that this holy life is the fruit and
the proof of saving faith; that the hope of the believer to
remain in such a life of obedience is the outcome of the
grace of God; and that in relation to this increase believers
are being called to reach such a maturity and full confidence
of faith, so that the love of God may complete the work in
them.
83. Levit. 11:24, Psalms 15:1-5, John 17:17-19
84. 1 Cor. 6:11, 2 Cor. 7:1

20th Article

Of Prayer
We believe that the Word of God is exhorting us to draw near
unto God, our Heavenly Father, only in the name of His Son
Jesus Christ (85), praying for us and for others (86), to the
end that we might freely pour out our hearts before Him (87),
as is befitting to His beloved children, ascribing to Him the
honor and praise due to His Holy Name (88), requesting Him to
glorify Himself on earth and in the heavens (89), confessing
to Him our sins (90) and asking of Him for all gifts useful
for the present life and for our eternal salvation; and that
as long as in all true prayer we are moved by His Spirit
(91), He, in reply, shall grant to us all blessings according
to His unfathomable wisdom and the richness of His grace in
Christ Jesus (92).
85. John 14:13, John 15:16
86. Col. 4:3, 1 Thes. 5:25, 2 Thes. 1:11, 2:13
87. 2 Sam. 7:27b, Acts 4:24, Hebrews 4:16
88. Psalms 113:1-3, Dan. 2:20
89. Mat. 6:12, Luke 11:2
90. Psalms 32:5, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9
91. Rom. 8:26, Ephes. 6:18
92. Rom. 2:4, Rom. 9:23, Ephes. 1:7

21rst Article

Of the Church
We acknowledge one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the
innumerable company of saints of all ages and of all nations,
which united by the Holy Spirit with Christ, their head,
constitute one body in Him (93), and have communion with
their Lord and with each other (94). To this end we accept
that the will of Christ is that His Church on earth exists as
a visible and holy fraternity, constituted by those
professing faith in Christ and obedience to Him, together
with their offspring as catechumens (95), and organized as is
being set forth in the New Testament, for the confession of
the name of Christ, the common worship of God (96), the
administration of the sacraments (97), the edification of
believers and the spreading of the Gospel throughout the
world. We recognize all local Churches, throughout the world,
which confess this faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and pledge
obedience to Him as their divine Lord and Savior, as members
of such a Universal Church.
93. Ephes. 1: 22-23, Ephes. 4:15, Col. 1:18
94. 1 Cor. 1:9, 1 John 1:3
95. Deut. 4:9, Deut. 11:19, Acts 2:39, 1 Cor. 7:14
96. Hebrews 10:25
97. Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7

22nd Article

Of the Sacraments
We acknowledge two sacraments - Baptism and the Lord's Supper
which were constituted by Christ as signs and seals of the
New Testament (98), ratified by His precious blood, we
acknowledge them besides as means of grace by which our faith
in Him is not only rekindled but is also strengthened and
comforted, and as commandments, by the execution of which His
Church is being called upon to confess her Lord and to be
visibly distinguished from the rest of the world.
Baptism, effected by means of pure water, in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, in the case of
adults, who have not been baptized during their infancy,
stands for a confession of faith in Christ, or it is a
statement to the effect that the person who is baptized
repents for the past and seeks the forgiveness of his sins,
or seals and affirms the already received salvation (99) and
as for the case of infants, it stands for their dedication to
the Lord, on the part of their parents; and in any case
constitutes their introduction to the general circle of
Christ's disciples (100). The said sacrament vividly
symbolizes the cleansing of the soul from the pollution of
sin, which cleansing must be effected in man by the Holy
Spirit and this is the other baptism the spiritual and
invisible which only Christ can accomplish (101). All those
confessing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal
Savior must be baptized if they have not yet been baptized.
Also, the children of those already confessed this faith and
become members of the visible Church (102). Those once
baptized in the name of the Trinity in whichever Christian
Church are not re-baptized, since they have fulfilled the
commandment of the Lord.
The Lord's Supper or the Eucharist is the sacrament of
communion with Christ and with His people (103), during which
the bread and the wine are given and received for the
thankful remembrance of Him and His sacrifice on the Cross.
All those in faith receiving these symbols participate
spiritually in the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ
for their comfort, nourishment and increase in grace. All
those who publicly have truly confessed the Lord Jesus Christ
and are subduing to His law, after self examination have the
right to attend to the Lord's Supper.
98. Rom. 4:11
99. Mat. 28:19, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 8:36-38
100. Acts 2: 38-39, 1 Cor. 7:14
101. Mat. 3:11, John 1:33, Acts 11:15-17
102. Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33
103. 1 Cor. 11:23-26

23rd Article

Of Ministers
We believe that Jesus Christ, the head of the Church (104),
has appointed Ministers of the word and of the sacraments in
the Church and calls those whom He wills to this ministry
(105); and that the Church under the guidance of the Holy
Spirit (106) recognizes and elects those whom He calls,
and ordains them, in accordance to the commandments
determined in the Word of God, consecrating same to the work
of the ministry (107).
104. Ephes. 1:22, Ephes. 4:7,11
105. Luke 6:13, John 15:16, Ephes. 4:7
106. Acts 13:1-2, Acts 6:6
107. Acts 13:3, 2 Tim. 1:6, Tit. 1:5

24th Article

Of the Second Coming
We believe with certainty that on a day, known only to God
(108), our Lord Jesus Christ shall suddenly descend from
heaven with power and great glory (109); we look forward to
this second coming of our Savior as the blessed expectation
of His Church, which we should always await in serious
diligence and wakefulness (110), so that we might be ready
during His appearance (111).
108. Zach. 4:7, Mat. 24:36, Mark 13:32
109. Mat. 24:30, Mark 13:26
110. Mat. 24:42, Mat. 25:13, Mark 13:33
111. Mat. 24:44, Mat. 25:13, 1 Thes. 5:5

25th Article

Of the Resurrection
We believe that the souls of the justified enter through
death into a state of rest and blessedness with the Lord
(112); that there is to be a resurrection of the dead, of the
just and of the unjust, through the power of the Son of God
(113); and that the bodies of all those who slept in Christ
as well as of the believers, of those being alive at the time
of His coming, shall be transformed and become conformed to
His glorious body (114).
112. Luke 16:22, Philip. 1:21-23
113. John 5:28, 1 Thes. 4:14-16
114. 1 Cor. 15:51-54, Philip. 3:21

26th Article

Of Judgment
We believe that God shall judge the world in righteousness
through Jesus Christ (115), before the seat of Whom all must
appear (116). He shall separate the just from the unjust and
shall reveal the secrets of the hearts (117), and shall
render unto all men according to their deeds, which they have
committed in their bodies, at that time the unjust shall
depart to everlasting hell, whilst the just to eternal life
(118).
115. Dan. 12:2, Mat. 25:46, John 5:29
116. Mat. 25:32, Rom. 14:10, Acts 17:31
117. Mat. 13:49, John 5:29
118. Mat. 25:46, Rev. 20:12-15

27th Article

Of the Mission of the Christians in the World
and of the Ultimate Triumph

We believe it to be our duty as disciples and servants of
Christ to contribute to the spreading of His kingdom (119),
to do good unto all men, to preserve the common and family
worship of God (121), to sanctify the Lord's day (122), to
uphold the insolubility of marriage and the sanctity of
family (123), to support the just authority of the State
(124), so that we may thus live in such an esteem, purity and
charity, so that our life be a living witness for Christ; we
readily accept the word of Christ, commanding His people to
go to the whole world and to make disciples among nations
(125), declaring unto them that God was in Christ reconciling
the world unto Himself (126), and that He wills that all men
be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (127). With
certainty we believe that by His power and grace all His
enemies shall be vanquished and that the kingdoms of this
world shall become the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ.
119. Mat. 24:14, Mat. 28:19-20
120. Mat. 5:44, Luke 6:31-36
121. Psalms 26:12, Acts 2:42, Hebrews 20:25
122. Exod. 20:8, Deut. 5:12
123. Gen. 2:24, Mat. 29:5-6, Ephes. 5:33
124. Rom. 13: 1-7, 1 Tim. 2:1-2
125. Mat. 28:19, Mark 16:15
126. Rom. 3: 24-26, 2 Cor. 5:18-19
127. John 3:16, 1 Tim. 2:4, 2 Pet. 3:9

28th Article

Of Eternal Life
Finally, we believe and we yearn for eternal life (128), in
which the saved shall receive the glorious inheritance in the
kingdom of the Father (129), and shall be fully blessed in
the presence and service of God, Whom they shall see and
enjoy in the ages of ages (130). Amen
128. John 3:16, 36, 1 Thes. 4:17, Rev. 11:15, Rev. 12:10
129. Mat. 25:34, Rom. 8:17, 1 Pet. 1:4
130. Job 19:25-27, John 17:24, 1 Cor. 13:12

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