Being a Christian is not just what church you go to, it has to be part of who you are, your core, your life, and your unwavering foundation. Yes you can be a Christian without going to church, but the Bible says we need to come together to encourage, support and uplift each other. Claim your place in the family of God. I attend Holy Cross Episcopal Church, but sometimes I have been known to show up at any church in any town just to shake up the spirit a bit. I took a vow of prayer, service and evangelism when I became a Daughter of the King. The best way to explain what I believe, my core beliefs, is to quote the Nicene Creed with a twist.
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, (I love that description.) true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. Including me.
For me and for my salvation, for me…unimportant unworthy me, he came down from heaven:by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For my sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. For my ugly, evil, lowly, dirty, disgusting sin. He was beaten, tortured, hung on a cross for me..on my knees in shame at this thought, head bowed. He did this for me.
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, including me and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. Not Catholic big C, but the one true church that belongs to God…many people, many denominations, many ways to praise, love and serve God.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. After you seek God, give your life to Him, accept His mercy, you have to get wet, sprinkled, poured on or dunked, either way. An outward sign of an inside commitment. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Jesus is my everything and He will come again. I just hope that my meager attempt to serve Him, love Him and praise, and honor Him will reflect His love to the world.