What We Believe
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:
The Bible - 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
The Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and divinely preserved for our generation. It is our sufficiency and final authority in faith and life.
The Trinity - John 15:26; 1 John 5:7
God is the creator, redeemer, and sustainer of all things. He exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are equal in perfection and power, and execute distinct offices.
God - Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 95:1-7
God the Father, is an infinite, personal Spirit that is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, knowledge, and love. As creator He is omnipresent, eternal, just, and unchanging. He offers forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ - Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1,14; Colossians 1:14-19
Jesus Christ is God’s only Son. He is 100% God and 100% man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and gave that life on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins. After three days, He rose from the dead proving He is the Son of God.
Holy Spirit - Genesis 1:26; John 14:16-17; John 15:26-27
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to awaken the minds of sinners to their need of a Savior. He permanently indwells every Believer and becomes their source of assurance, strength, wisdom, comfort and power in serving the Lord.
Mankind - Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10,23
Mankind was created, male and female, in the image of God, free from sin but by his own will fell into sin. Because of this fall, all persons are born with a sin nature and are in need of Forgiveness.
Salvation - John 1:12; John 3:1-16; Ephesians 2:8-9
Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. His death on the cross for man's sin paid that debt of sin. Salvation is a gift from God apart from any human efforts.
Believing - John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:4-8
Receiving Christ as personal Savior begins a new relationship with God. This new bond brings a new identity, a new heart, and a new life, one that is deeply loved, fully accepted, and highly valued by God.
The Church - Matthew 16:16-18; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47
There is one true Church which is called the Body of Christ. It is comprised of all those who accept Him as personal Savior. God has ordained the local Church to carry out the Great Commission, to edify each other, to find community, and to serve together by using their gifts.
Baptism - Matthew 3:13-17; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:36-39
It is the testimony of the new Believer’s obedience to Christ. While baptism does not save, it is an important first step. Baptism is to follow one’s profession of faith and is an acknowledgmentof one’s new life in Christ.
Lord's Supper - Matthew 26:26-31; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-29
As believers, we are to practice the ordinance called the Lord's Supper (sometimes referred to as communion). The bread represents of Body of Christ while the grape juice represents His blood that was shed for our sins. This is to be a time of worship, remembering Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Eternity - John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:28
Every individual is created in God’s image and will spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Those who have trusted Christ as personal Savior will have everlasting life with Christ. Those who reject Christ will spend eternity in everlasting punishment separated from Him.