By the sacred mystery of the Trinity, we mean that we believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – three persons in one God, living together in a perfectly balanced and loving relationship. Do you understand?
Don’t worry if you don’t. You see, none of us is really supposed to understand it. The Trinity is a mystery not meant to be solved, but celebrated!
When we say we trust in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, we mean that we believe God came to earth, in the flesh, to make it possible for all people to enter into the mystery of the Trinity—that perfectly balanced and loving relationship between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—so we can know, love and enjoy God forever.
We believe that only Christ himself could make our salvation possible by dying for the sins of the world. Only someone who was completely innocent could satisfy God’s perfect sense of justice. Only someone who so loved the world would willingly die for the sins of the world. Only this same someone could be raised up from the dead on the third day, destroy the power of sin and death, and set us free to love and enjoy God forever.
We also believe this same Christ invites all humanity to become members of his mystical body, or the Church Universal. The Church is called into being to be the Beloved Community, that, in imitation of Christ, forever moves out into the world, in the spirit of servanthood, to love the unlovable, heal the sick, promote justice and peace, and proclaim the Good News that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
We believe Christ calls each of us to discipleship, to be a Christ-like presence in our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. We also are called to discover our purpose in this life, so we leave behind a lasting legacy that will impact the world for years to come and beyond into eternity.
The Apostles’ Creed is a faithful summary of the witness of the twelve apostles, chosen by Jesus to continue his ministry by proclaiming his gospel, making disciples, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
This, in essence, is what we believe:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and 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 the life everlasting. Amen.