Willow Creek United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Our Beliefs

  • We are called as a people to worship God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • We are a biblical church and acknowledge the Bible as the primary foundation and final authority of our faith and action.
  • In continuity with Christians through the ages and the historic church, we affirm The Apostles Creed (see below) and The Nicene Creed (see below) as faithful declarations of biblical truth.
  • We believe in the necessity of faith in Jesus Christ as the crucified and risen Savior and Lord of all.
  • We believe God offers grace and unconditional love to all, providing forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ and transforming our lives through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
  • We affirm the active work of the Holy Spirit, who cleanses and heals the life of the believer, bestows gifts for ministry, empowers us in prayer, and leads us in understanding the Word of God.
  • We believe every Christian is called into an intimate relationship with God, faithful relationships with other Christians, and Christ-like service in the world.

 The Apostles 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 sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
    the Father, the 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 the 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.