Core Beliefs

As a congregation of the United Methodist Church (UMC) we subscribe to the Articles of Religion and Confession of Faith as found in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. We are also highly influenced by the sermons of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement in 18th century England.

For a detailed explanation of our beliefs, visit the UMC web site. For access to John Wesley’s sermons, visit the General Board of Global Ministries/UM History web site.

The following bullet points summarize many of our beliefs as described in paragraphs 101, 102 and 103 of the UMC Book of Discipline.

  • We believe in the Trinity. There is only one God who is made up of three persons. They are: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To worship one is to worship all three because the three make up the one true God.
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is fully human and fully God. He died as atonement for our sins, rose on the third day and ascended into heaven.
  • The Bible is authoritative. It contains everything we need in order to obtain salvation. We recognize the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
  • We are all sinners in need of God’s salvation. We have a broken relationship with God due to our sin. Our needed salvation is made possible through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
  • We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. We can not earn our salvation with good works. However, good works become a natural outcome of God’s grace.
  • God’s grace can be defined as the “undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit.” (Paragraph 101 of the UMC Book of Discipline)
  • God’s grace is what brings us to repentance and trust in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. This grace is also what transforms us into the loving people God created us to be. It restores our relationship with God.
  • God’s grace is available to all people because God loves all people.
  • God’s grace is resistible. We can accept it or reject it.

 


 

 
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