United Methodist Church of Mount Pleasant
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Town Clock Church

Beliefs

Our Christian Roots: God 
When we say the Apostle's Creed we join with millions of Christians through the ages in an understanding of God as Trinity--three persons in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. "God in three persons, blessed Trinity" is one way we speak of the many ways we experience God.
We also try to find adjectives that describe the divine nature: God is transcendent (over and beyond all that is), yet at the same time immanent (present in everything). God is omnipresent (everywhere at once), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omniscient (all-knowing). God is absolute, infinite, righteous, just, loving, merciful....and more. 
We believe that every person is a beloved child of God. We are created in God's image and therefore are of inherent worth and dignity. God has reconciled us to God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
 
Our Christian Roots: Jesus
We believe in Jesus as God's Son. We call this the Incarnation, meaning that God was in the world in the actual person of Jesus of Nazareth. We believe that Jesus was fully human. Jesus was a person in every sense that we are. He was tempted. He grew weary. He wept. He expressed his anger. In fact, Jesus is God's picture of what it means to be a mature human being. 
We believe in Jesus as Savior, as the One through whom God has freed us of our sin and has given us the gift of whole life, eternal life, and salvation. We speak of this gift as the atonement or reconciliation with God. We believe that in ways we cannot fully explain, God has done this through the mystery of Jesus' self-giving sacrifice on the cross and His victory over sin and death in the Resurrection. 
 
Our Christian Roots: The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, we say that it's the Holy Spirit at work. Where do we find the evidence of the Spirit at work? In guidance, comfort, and strength.
Today we continue to experience God's breath, God's Spirit. We sense the Spirit in prayer, in our study of the Scriptures, in reflection on a difficult decision. God the Holy Spirit sustains, guides, and empowers us to participate in life and in God's mission to the world.
The Spirit speaks through the thoughtful and loving interaction of God's people. The Holy Spirit, who brought the church into being, is still guiding and upholding it, if we will but listen.
 
THE APOSTLE'S CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
 
THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
Of one Being with the Father; through Him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became truly human.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, 
He suffered death and was buried, 
On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead 
and His kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one, holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead 
and the life of the world to come. Amen