What We Believe

Brazos Valley Rhetoric Club

Statement of Faith

All members must agree and adhere to the Nicene Creed, which is also a requirement of membership in the National Christian Forensics Communication Association (NCFCA).  The Nicene Creed is stated as follows:

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.  And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets; and we believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

*The word catholic simply means “general, universal, concerning the whole.” and is not a reference to the Roman Catholic church.  The word catholic was first used in this sense in the early second century when Ignatius of Antioch declared, “Where Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic church.” Jesus Christ is the head of the church, as well as its Lord. We understand the church to be the body of Christ extended throughout time as well as space, the whole company of God’s redeemed people through the ages.