WHat we believe
We share our core beliefs with Christians of other traditions as expressed in the ancient Apostles Creed.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
[*That is, universal.]
With other Christians, we believe in One God in whom there are Three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Humanity rebelled against God the Father, and their rebellion alienated them from Him both in this life and in eternity beyond this earthly life. The Son took on humanity in the person of Jesus Christ and gave up his life to make peace between us and God the Father. In his resurrection from the dead, we see a preview of what awaits us upon his return. By committing ourselves to Jesus and following him, we find a new way to live in our earthly lives and the assurance of eternal life when our time here is done.
As United Methodists, we are heirs of the Methodist tradition, which emerged out of a revival movement in the Church of England in the 1700s.
Our major emphasis is God's grace, God's undeserved love and generosity demonstrated toward humanity. That grace is at work in our lives as God draws us to Himself before we believe, as God accepts us as His own when we come to Him in belief, as God gives us the Holy Spirit to empower us to live godly lives, and as the Spirit works to make our character and thinking more like that of Jesus. Because of this emphasis, we value spiritual disciplines like prayer and the study of Scripture which open us up to the Spirit's work in us and service that allows the Spirit to work through us.