There is one Body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all…
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
IN NONESSENTIAL BELIEFS, WE HAVE LIBERTY
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall…So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.
Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
IN ALL OUR BELIEFS, WE SHOW CHARITY
…and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I have that absolute faith which can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.
I Corinthians 13:2
ESSENTIAL CHRISTIAN BELIEFS ARE SUMMARIZED IN THE APOSTLE'S CREED:
WE believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
WE believe in Jesus Christ, God's 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.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
WE 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.
*catholic means "universal": all people in every time and place who affirm the Christian faith.
We do not place any creed, or any doctrinal affirmation of faith, above Scripture in authority. Nor are they on an equal basis with Scripture. For 2 billion Christians, this creed expresses what the Church has agreed is the basic teaching of Scripture. Every single statement in this creed reflects what the Bible says or implies. The historic creeds are the most authoritative interpretation of what Scripture teaches about the bedrock of Christian faith. Our beliefs are founded on the Bible, framed by this universal confession of our historic faith, and further expressed through the historic distinctives of our affirmation of faith.