Baptists do not recite the creed during worship because what they believe is contained in the Bible. But, as Luther admitted, he would not have the Bible if it were not for the Catholic Church. Baptists should be made aware that these ancient creeds which "Are summaries of the biblical story of the Triune God, drawn from the language of the Bible itself. The creeds function as the Christian "pledge of allegiance." (Webpage: Do Real Baptists Recite Creeds? by Steven R. Harmon)

Actually Baptists do have a creed in the New Hampshire and the Philadelphia Articles of Faith, but they are not in a condensed form suitable for worship.

The Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed contain a statement of belief in the Catholic Church. The Nicene Creed states, "I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church". What could a pastor do with this statement? He could change it but I suggest that he should use as it is, without alterations. Any in the cognition who object do not have to recite this particular statement. This statement would them aware that they may be part of a larger Church, not just the local congregation. Christ desires the Church to be one as he prayed, “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me." (Jn 17:210-21)

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love;

to strive for the advancement of this church in
knowledge, holiness, and comfort;...

to contribute cheerfully and regularly to support
support the ministry,....

We also engage to maintain family and secret
devotions;...

to abstain from sale of, and use of,intoxicating
drinks and beverages (some add drugs)...

to aid one another in sickness and distress;....

We moreover engage that when we remove
from this place we will...unite with some other
church....

 

Beside the Creed, Baptists also make a Covenant or a signed agreement between oneself, the church and God in Christ. Wile the Creed is a statement of belief, the Covenant is an ethical and practical document which spells out how one should live and act. The Baptists adopted the Covenant written by John Newton Brown in 1853 and here are some of what its contains.

Marshall Davis writes that many churches do not use the Covenant in worship. As pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rochester, Penn. he discovered that this congregation recited the Covenant aloud during worship since it foundation in 1874 and that this was helpful in reminding them how they should live. (Marshall Davis, The Baptist Church Covenant, Marshall Davis, Pub., 2013)