UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE
United Methodists affirm the historic Christian faith as Christian faith as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
We Believe in the Triune God, the Trinity ̶ Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
God the Father/Creator, who brings creation into existence, upholds and reveals the ways of life that make for peace and wholeness, and ever works to heal and transform life through the power of love.
God the Son, Jesus Christ, the firstborn of a new creation who through his life, death and resurrection saves us and all creation from the power of sin and death.
God the Holy Spirit, who comforts, sustains, guides, and empowers us to participates in God’s life and mission in the world.
We Believe every person is a beloved child of God;
Whom God created in God’s divine image, with inherent worth and dignity.
Whom God has reconciled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, defeating the powers of sin and death.
Whom God seeks to make holy and whole, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, transforming us into Christlikeness.
We Believe in the church as the community called to be instruments of God’s presence and coming reign in Jesus Christ;
Where people worship God joyfully, proclaim God’s Word faithfully and share the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.
Where all people are welcomed and nurtured as God’s sons and daughters.
Where the light of God’s love, justice and peace exposes and overrules evil, injustice and sin.
Where we participate in God’s mission of inviting, preparing and enlisting disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world and to follow the risen Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, into the hurting places of the world and among the outcasts and the forgotten.
We Believe the Bible reveals the Word of God;
Where there is authority in matters of faith and practice.
Where we have the primary source for understanding the nature and purposes of God.
Where interpretation occurs in the power of the Holy Spirit present in the community of faith.