Our Beliefs as United Methodists
We believe in the one true living God, revealed in three distinct persons, the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Word of the Father, and is both wholly Divine and wholly Human. Jesus is the Messiah who suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried in order to reconcile his Father to us for the original and actual sins of humanity. We believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
We believe in the Holy Spirit which was sent by the Father and Son and is of one nature with them. As one of our creeds put it, “We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength” (The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 884).
We believe that the Bible is Holy Scripture and contains all things necessary for salvation. We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are authoritative and important for study. We find that the Old and New Testaments are not contrary, as Christ offers salvation to humanity in both, acting as the only mediator between God and humanity.
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 to be fully human.
We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith. We believe that the Church is where the Word of God is preached and the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion are administered.
In the sacrament of Holy communion we affirm the real presence of Christ. As a means of grace we serve an open table, inviting all to participate who desire a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the outward and visible signs of bread and juice, the inward and spiritual reality of the Body and Blood of Christ are offered to believers.
Baptism as a sacrament is a sign-act by which God offers us salvation as a gift, without a price. Baptism is a symbol of new life and forgiveness of sins. We believe in three methods of baptism: sprinkling, immersion, or pouring. We recognize baptisms by other denominations as long as they are consecrated in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.