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What We Believe

04.17.18 | Beliefs

What We Believe

    Looking for more information on our beliefs and values? Then use this article to explore our theological beliefs.

    I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  ~John 15: 5

    Our Purpose

    To build up followers of Jesus Christ who love and serve God and neighbor.

    Our Values

    Scriptural teaching
    Inspirational worship
    Intentional disciple making
    Gracious hospitality
    Service to our neighbors

    Brief United Methodist History

    The Methodist movement began in England with John Wesley, a clergyman in the Church of England, and his brother, Charles, who would provide some of the movement's most beloved hymns.  They formed small groups to nurture people in the Christian faith.  The Methodist Episcopal Church was born in the newly formed United States of America in December of 1784.  Experiencing some unfortunate divisions in the 1800's, the Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal South and Methodist Protestant churches merged in 1939 to form The Methodist Church.  The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968 with the union of the The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

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    Our Beliefs

    As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church's life and witness.  To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

    God

    God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons.   Read More

    Jesus Christ 

    We believe in the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.   God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and His life, death and resurrection demonstrates God's redeeming love.   Read More

    Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst.  When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support and comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work.   Read More

    Human Beings

    Genesis 1: 27 asserts that we've been made in the image of the Creator.  Like God, we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create.   Read More

    The Church

    The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today.  Read More

    The Bible

    We believe that the Bible is God's Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.  Read More

    God's Reign

    The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.   Read More

    SACRAMENTS

    The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments in which Christ Himself participated: baptism and the Lord's Supper.

    Baptism

    • Baptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

    • Through baptism, we are joined with the Triune God, the body of Christ, and our local congregation.

    • The water and the work of the Holy Spirit in baptism convey God's saving grace, the forgiveness of our sins, and new life in Jesus Christ.

    • Persons of any age may be baptized: infants, children, youth, and adults.

    • United Methodists baptize in a variety of ways: immersion, pouring, or sprinkling.

    • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

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    The Lord's Supper  (Holy Communion, Eucharist)

    • The Lord's Supper is another name for the Eucharist, the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving the church offers to God for all God has done, is doing, and will do to save us and renew all things in Christ.

    • Through Communion, the Holy Spirit nourishes and sustains us in our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

    • As we pray and receive Communion together, we are united with Christ, with one another, and in ministry to all the world.

    • We practice an open table.  All who love Christ, earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another, are invited to join in this sacrament - regardless of age or church membership.

    • Communion is served every week at the 8:30am service and on the first of the month at both 11am services.