What We Believe

The following is a summary of some of our major beliefs:

God  We believe in one God, our father, maker of heaven and earth.  
Jesus Christ  We believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven.
Holy Spirit  We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity and is one and the same with Jesus and God.
Humanity  We believe humans were created in God’s image, but as sinful beings, we are in need of redemption.
Preceding Grace We acknowledge God’s divine love and grace that surrounds all humanity and precedes any human decision.  This grace enables us, through our God-given free will, to accept salvation.
Justification and Assurance   We believe God reaches out to the repentant believer in justifying grace with accepting and pardoning love.
Sanctification and Perfection We hold that the wonder of God's acceptance and pardon does not end God's saving work, which continues to nurture our growth in grace. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to increase in the knowledge and love of God and in love for our neighbor.
Mission and Service We insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. By joining heart and hand, we assert that personal religion, evangelical witness, and Christian social action are reciprocal and mutually reinforcing.
Faith and Good Works  We see God's grace and human activity working together in the relationship of faith and good works. God's grace calls forth human response and discipline.
Nurture and Mission of the Church   We emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping community.
Social Justice  The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners.