What Do We Believe?

 As a United Methodist Church we believe similarly to most other Protestant churches.


We Believe:

  • In One God:  Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of life.  
  • In the Trinity:  We describe God in three persons ofter referred to as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • In Jesus:  human and Divine, our Savior by whose grace we receive forgiveness of sins, redemption, and eternal life.
  • In The Holy Spirit:  God with Us.  The Spirit awakens us to God's presence and will and empowers us to live an obedient life.
  • In the Bible as God's inspired word, written by humans.  We believe that through the Holy Spirit the Bible still speaks God's will for all of creation.  
  • In two Sacraments:  Baptism and Holy Communion.  For our unique perspective on these Sacraments click here: By Water and the Spirit:  http://www.kintera.org/atf/cf/%7B3482e846-598f-460a-b9a7-386734470eda%7D/BWASWITHINDEX&INTRO.PDF   & to understand the Lord's Supper Click here:  http://www.kintera.org/atf/cf/%7B3482e846-598f-460a-b9a7-386734470eda%7D/THM-BYGC.PDF


 

So what makes us unique?

  • Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God's grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living.  Something Wesley referred to as "practical divinity"
  • Grace is central to our understanding of the Christian faith and life.   We believe the movement of grace works in three ways: Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying.
    • Prevenient Grace is with us always.  It is this grace that "woos" us to God.  It is this grace that "wakes us up" to our need for God.
    • Justifying Grace is that grace which reconciles us to God as we recognize and repent of our sin.  Sanctifying Grace is "grace for the journey."  It is the ongoing experience of God's gracious presence, transforming us into whom God intends for us to be.
  • Service and Mission are crucial to our mission to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

     


For more info  on John Wesley and the UMC please click here:  http://www.umc.org