I believe

Daily Reading for September 12 • The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I believe in thee, O Lord, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, one only true God.

I believe that all things were created by thy Almighty power and love: That all have been restored, by the goodness and mercy exhibited in the person of thy Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; who for us men, and for our salvation, was made flesh, conceived and born, did suffer, and was crucified, descended into the place of departed spirits, and rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God; from whence he shall come again and judge the quick and the dead.

I also believe, that by the illumination and powerful operation of the Holy Ghost, a peculiar people has been called, from all quarters of the world, to be knit into one society, united, and distinguished by belief of the truth, and holiness of life: That, as members of this body, we partake of the Communion of Saints, and forgiveness of sins, in this world: And, by virtue of the same membership, do assuredly expect the resurrection of the flesh, and life everlasting, in the world to come.

This pure and holy faith, once delivered to the Saints, Lord, I believe: Help thou mine unbelief. Strengthen in me that which is weak, and add to me that which is wanting. Amen.

An “Act of Faith” in Daily Devotions for Sunday Morning, in The Christian’s Manual of Faith and Devotion: Containing Dialogues and Prayers Suited to the Various Exercises of the Christian Life, and an Exhortation to Ejaculatory Prayer, with Forms of Ejaculatory and Other Prayers by John Henry Hobart (New York: Stanford and Swords, 1850).

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