From Pastor Fitzgerald:
On December 30, Providence UMC will begin a series of sermons entitled “I Believe…”
My hope is that many who come to our church during the Advent/Christmas season will want to come back for more. I recognize that often people come to church on Christmas Eve when they are unchurched or nominally a part of a family of faith. “I Believe…” will explore what we really believe about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
The Apostles’ Creed says, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth…” But do we really believe that? With all the advances in science and the discoveries of our universe, we have more reasons to believe in God now than at any time in human history.
“I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.” Most Americans believe in God (although atheism and
agnosticism is growing), and believers understand the concept of the Holy Spirit, but many people today struggle with Jesus. Do I really believe that He is the Son of God?
Do we 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”? We claim that these are foundational beliefs, but we need to clarify and articulate our beliefs in a culture where many people are suspicious or skeptical.
My prayer is that “I Believe…” will help us to articulate our faith and engage others. Join us on December 30, January 6, and January 13 for “I Believe…”