We Believe

 

 

 

We believe in the one God, who is an eternal relationship of love between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

We believe the Bible reveals God’s Word to teach us how to know God and live faithful lives.  When reading any passage of Scripture, we use the rest of Scripture, the Tradition of the Church, logical Reasoning, and spiritual Experience to help us understand it.

 

We believe that God created the universe and has entered human history in his Son, Jesus Christ.

 

We believe that all people are created in God’s image and that all people are loved by our Lord.

 

We believe that all people are sinners: we all fail to love God and neighbor, and that our souls are in need of spiritual healing and salvation.  Our sinful decisions lead to breakdown in our relationships with God, with each other, and with the natural creation.

 

We believe that God, in his unrelenting love for all people, sent his Son Jesus into the world to freely offer his whole life for the salvation and spiritual healing of the world.  God’s un-earned love and favor toward us is called “Grace.”

 

We believe that we receive God’s saving grace, forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and a living relationship with Christ by faith: by freely trusting him with our whole lives.  Humans are free to embrace or reject God’s grace.

 

We believe that God’s Holy Spirit fills the life of believers, and empowers us to love and serve others, as Jesus teaches us to do.

 

We believe that God uses spiritual practices such as Worship, Prayer, Bible reading, fasting, the Sacraments, service to others, and Christian Community to help us grow closer to God and become more like Christ.

 

We believe that Christ is spiritually present in a unique way, to feed and nourish our souls, when we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion (also called The Lord’s Supper or The Eucharist).

 

We believe that all Baptized believers in Jesus are spiritually united together in Christ and in his Body, the universal (or “catholic”) Church, and that living in community with other Christians is vital for spiritual growth.

 

We believe that it is our mission to proclaim with our words and to embody with our lives the loving Lordship of Jesus Christ.  As his body on earth, the Church is to continue Christ’s mission in the world.

 

We believe that Christ is King over all and will one day return, bringing God’s reign of love to finally and fully renew his broken creation.  When Christ returns believers will be resurrected to live with him forever.

 

Along with many Christians of other denominations across the world, we affirm our faith during Sunday Services using the ancient words of the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.

 

The beliefs and practices of The United Methodist Church are rooted in the Early Church and strongly influenced by the leaders of the early Methodist movement, especially John and Charles Wesley, who were both priests in the Church of England (Anglican Church) in the 1700s.

While the United Methodist Church leaves many matters of Christian faith and Christian living to the discernment of the individual member, the Church does have official teachings (“doctrines”) so that we remain united on certain basic matters of Christian faith and practice.  Our doctrinal statements are found in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, and are also found online; they are:

 

1) The Confession of Faith 

2) The Articles of Religion

3) The General Rules 

4) The 'Standard' Sermons of John Wesley

5) John Wesley's Notes on the New Testament

 

You can learn more about these Doctrinal statements HERE

 

You can learn more about Methodist understandings of the sacraments HERE 


What we believe...