What do We Believe?
” In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all beliefs we have charity.”-From our Founder John Wesley
“The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. Read more about the church’s mission statement.“-UMC
… about God?
We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. That He exists eternally in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And that He is both holy and loving.
… about Jesus Christ?
We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. That He lived a sinless human life, and that He died on the cross to pay for our sins. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and will return again to Earth.
… about the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as the Lord of our lives and the Forgiver of our sins, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. He provides us with power for living, enables us to understand spiritual truth, and guides us is doing what pleases God. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s Word written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for determining our Christian beliefs and how we are to live.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never earn it or achieve it by good works or self-improvement. We accept God’s gift of a new life when we turn from our self-ruled life and accept Jesus as our Savior. The new life that God gives us is an abundant life in this world and eternal life in the world to come.
Baptism is our initiation in the Church and our identification as children of God. God initiates this relationship and chooses us as daughters and sons, beginning our life-long journey of faith. God’s choice happens regardless of our age or our response.
Communion is an opportunity to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. On the last night before His death, Jesus ate a special meal with His disciples. He charged His church with repeating this meal to remember His sacrifice and celebrate our new life through His death and resurrection. God offers this relationship to everyone, so all who desire to receive are welcome to participate.