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Spiritual Practice

What I Believe . . .

Jacob, Matthew, Wesley & Kate

About Our Faith

A creed is a statement of what we believe and reminds us what God has done for us. Some of my core beliefs come from the Apostles’ Creed: God made heaven and earth; Jesus was resurrected from the grave and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christians also believe that sin separates us from God and that to restore the relationship, God sent Jesus Christ, who died and was raised to pay for our sins.

Sometimes accepting Christian beliefs is hard because the world tells us something different. Telling non-Christians what we believe can also be a challenge because we may be expressing ideas that conflict with what they have heard all of their lives. Whenever you begin to question or to struggle with something you claim to believe, put your faith in the Lord and trust God to help you find an answer.

—Jacob Lancaster, 15

 

About the Trinity

I have always been taught that Jesus is the Son of God and yet he is God. God is one being, with three different personae: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This idea is called the Trinity. It doesn’t seem possible, but my Bible teacher gave me a way to think about it that makes sense. He compared the Trinity to H2O. The different states H2O takes are water (liquid), water vapors (gas), and ice (solid). Each one is different, but they are all H2O. The same is true of the Trinity. The compound for the Trinity is God. God takes three unique states: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is different, but they are all God. The Father can’t be the Son, nor can the Son be the Father; but both are God.

—Matthew Ebert, 19

 

About Human Nature

I believe in the inherent decency and goodness of all human beings. I believe in the love and compassion we show one another. I believe in hope—not a blind, naïve kind of hope, but the eternal hope that helps us get out of bed when we don’t want to and helps us keep on living when we’d rather not. I believe in the power of the human spirit, a spirit full of nobility and dignity, which allows us to find peace as our world spins out of control. I believe in forgiveness because of the many times I’ve received forgiveness, from others and from myself, when I wasn’t worthy of it. I believe in the best of humanity; and even though at times the world tries to rip away my belief and leave me a hollow, empty shell of a man, I still cling to it.

—Wesley Overhults

 

About God’s Promises

When I meditate, I most often return to two key truths: God loves me and God’s plans are good. No matter what struggles I am going through, I find comfort in believing these promises. If I am feeling unlovable, I focus on the truth that God loves me enough to sacrifice God’s only Son for me. If I’m feeling anxious about the future, I thank God for promising good plans for me.

Take a few minutes each day to meditate on a simple biblical truth. For example, repeat silently, “God has a purpose for my life,” or “Jesus loves me.” Discover how affirming one of your core beliefs can strengthen you and give new purpose to your day.

—Kate Underwood

 

DIG DEEPER

Think about what you believe. Then write a creed, a prayer, a song, or a poem to express your faith.

—from devozine (July/August 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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