The United Methodist Church stands firmly in the center of Christian teaching. Out of loyalty to Christ and the gospel we have come to a number of convictions concerning the teaching of the Bible. Although we do have boundaries, they are broad and inclusive.
Some Statements of our Faith:
God is creator of the world, a world that is good because God created it.
God has entrusted us to care for the world.
God is almighty and all-powerful, and yet cares for us as a loving Father.
God is a God who both judges and offers mercy.
We believe in a triune God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is the primary source and guideline for our faith.
We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. He is the eternal word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering servant He lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to be with the Father, from whince He will return. He is the eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, and by Him all people will be judged.
We believe that conversion and a new birth in Christ, whether sudden or gradual, occur under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We rely on God’s grace for our salvation, grace that continues to nurture us and draws us toward perfect love.
We believe that faith in Christ is bound to be expressed in outward works of love. We believe that personal salvation leads us into a mission of evangelical witness, caring service, and social action for human reconciliation, justice, and peace.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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