WHAT WE BELIEVE
The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
We are a community of believers who are on the journey of learning about our faith and how it relates to daily life. We believe in being practical about our faith and so we support local and global mission. We are a small congregation so it is easy to get to know everyone. We are children friendly and love to meet new people.
Our mission is to bring the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ to our community, to nurture and encourage each other in the faith, to minister to each other in both good times and times of difficulty, and to worship God together on a regular basis in a meaningful way.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities;
Trinity – We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God.
We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.
We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002)