The Nicene and Apostles Creed
As representative of the foundational Rules of Faith that anchor our confession, the Nicene and Apostles Creed provide an excellent summary of our historic orthodox faith. Although creeds like these are not formally presented in the Bible, they were formulated to testify to Scriptural truth. These statements provide a sure contour of what the ecumenical church councils of ancient times believed were clear summaries of the apostles' doctrine. These two creeds, perhaps more than all that have been produced by the Church down through the centuries, have come to express the essential confession of the church against heresy, and continue to be used in confession, baptism, and worship. In church history, three creeds have taken superior place: The Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.