OUR FAITH STATEMENTS
United Methodists claim some of the following emphases in matters of faith and belief:
- We believe in God expressed as the Holy Trinity: Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer (or Father, Son and Holy Spirit in traditional language).
- We believe in the primacy of Holy Scripture, and that we attempt to grasp its meaning through an understanding of tradition, our personal experience, and through our ability to reason and think.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the unique Savior and eternal Son. We believe that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine, that through His death on the cross we are offered the gift of forgiveness and eternal life, and through his bodily resurrection we are offered a new life, full of grace and love.
- We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us now to empower us to live like Jesus (the fruit of the Spirit) and to minister like Jesus (with the gifts of the Spirit).
- We believe that God’s grace is available and sufficient for all, and we lead with grace.
- We believe in the essential unity of our faith and our works as being vital to our spiritual lives.
- We believe that our salvation is both personal and social in nature.
- We believe in seeking a holiness of heart as well as a faithful living expression of our lives.
- We believe that we share a cooperative ministry with our communities as well as the world and that we work through a system of connectionalism with other people of faith.
- We believe that there needs to be a direct link between what we believe and how we live and act in the world.
- We believe that Baptism ushers us into the Christian community, that it can be practiced by several different methods, but that it needs to occur only once in a person’s lifetime. There is no need to be re-baptized; however, we do offer many opportunities for people to re-commit their lives.
- We believe that Holy Communion should be available to all who want to participate and so we practice an “open-table” approach.
- We believe that as children of God our hearts, our minds, and our doors need to be open to everyone around us.
- We believe that when a people wish to join our church they need to be ready to faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and their witness of faith in the world.