WHAT WE BELIEVE
The United Methodist family is undergirded by the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are an orthodox church with traditional views about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, conversion, salvation, and heaven. We celebrate the divinity of Christ and the fact of His Resurrection. We believe in the Trinity. We believe the Bible is authoritative, inspired and our guide for faith and practice. We emphasize grace and celebrate two sacraments; Holy Communion and Baptism. We believe in evangelism; bringing people to faith in and a life lived in relationship with Jesus Christ. We also believe in social holiness, where we reach out to bring justice and help to our world.
We believe in one living and true God, who is in three ways: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, truly God and truly human, who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven. He atoned for the sins of all believers when He died on the cross. Three days later, God raised Him from the dead. Now He lives and reigns with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe the way of salvation is to confess one’s sin and to trust in Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord.
- We believe one day Jesus will return to earth in triumph. He will receive all believers into His eternal Kingdom and will judge the unrighteous.
- We believe the Bible was inspired by God and contains all things necessary for salvation. When read under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is our true rule and guide for faith and practice.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT OR DISTINCTIVE ABOUT BEING A UNITED METHODIST?
Traditionally, United Methodists have proclaimed the following emphases:
- Salvation is both personal and social
- The church as a community of Christ’s disciples who seek to share in God’s mission
- The inseparability of knowledge (intellect) and vital piety (devotion to religious duties an practices) as components of faith
- Seeking holiness of heart and life both as individuals and in our society.
- A cooperative ministry and mission in the world often referred to as “connectionalism”
- A link between Christian doctrine and Christian living.
- The availability of God’s grace for all