Our Beliefs

In order to become a member of the United Methodist Church, one does not have to subscribe to a long list of beliefs. However the church has a very firm and clearly stated set of beliefs (briefly stated as follows):

About the Bible

The Bible is the inspired and holy Word of God.  It is our textbook.  It is listed first because it is our chief source of knowledge about God and Christ and contains all the truth necessary for salvation.

About God

God is infinite in wisdom, power and love – the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  Every person on earth is God’s child.

About Jesus Christ

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son” (John 3:16).   We believe Jesus Christ is uniquely God’s Son sent by God, to be born of Mary, to make the invisible God known in human form.  In Jesus Christ, we see God.  Jesus Christ died upon a cross for us and our sins.  We believe Christ rose from the dead, and His resurrection is our assurance that there is life for us beyond the grave.  “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God here on this earth – God in us with us.

About Forgiveness and Salvation

Forgiveness of our sins and the salvation of our souls is the very center of our faith.  Sin is both is our nature and in our actions.  If we are “heartily sorry for our misdoings” and put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are justified, saved and cleansed – not because we deserve it, but because of the grace, the unmerited favor of God.

About Holiness

As a result of our commitment to God we grow in faith, and our love for God and for one another becomes more complete.  Holiness of heart and life has always been emphasized by Methodists.

About Conversion

One becomes a Christian through the Christian experience of conversion (a life-changing experience in Christ).  Methodism has always practiced infant baptism.  Methodism strongly emphasizes teaching children.

About the Church

The United Methodist Church recognizes and accepts all other Christian churches.  All Christians are invited to the Communion table in every Methodist Church.  Methodism accepts both the baptism and vows of membership from any other Christian church.  Methodism has never claimed to be the only church.  It claims to be one of the Christian churches.

About Baptism

Baptism is an outward sign of an inner commitment and a spiritual new birth.  It is a rite of initiation into the body of which Christ is the head.  Three modes practiced by the early church:  sprinkling, pouring, and immersion.  Being more concerned about the United Methodist Church both practices and accepts any mode of baptism (sprinkling is the method most often used).

We try to live in obedience to God’s will.

M     -   Ministry of the laity

E      -   Every member is a minister

T      -   Tithing is our goal

H      -   Holistic (intellectually/spiritually)

O      -   Outreach

D      -   Disciplined

     -   Interesting and Inspiring

S      -   Spirit led lifestyle

T      -   Telling others about Christ

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