Each week at Bartonville UMC, we confess the Christian faith we have received as a gift:
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe 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, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic [universal] church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
With this confession, we proclaim our unity with faithful Christ-followers around the world and throughout the centuries. Our particularity, as a congregation of The United Methodist Church, is not only in core belief but in our understanding of how we are called to live out our faith: not only intellectually but in holiness as individuals, holiness as a community, and holiness in our larger world.
What do we mean by an old-fashioned word like holiness? Loving like Jesus loves, nothing more and nothing less. This is where the real faith comes in, to believe as Jesus said, "Nothing is impossible with God." We need all the power of God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--for this dream to become a reality.