Our United Methodist Beliefs

 

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HANDBOOK 

Packed with denominational details, beliefs, and history, the UMC handbook is a one-stop destination for all things United Methodist. The handbook offers a holistic overview of the church, explains the church’s connectional nature, answers frequently asked questions, defines key denominational terms, and much more. View the handbook here.

 

AS UNITED METHODISTS, we affirm the historic 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

The truth that every person is a beloved child of God

The Church as the community called to be instruments of God's presence and coming reign in Jesus Christ

The Bible as God's revealed Word

The final triumph of God's reign of compassion, justice, generosity, and peace.  - Bishop Kenneth L. Carder

 

ROOTED IN GOD'S GRACE 

Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God's grace. This incredible grace flows from God's great love for us.

Grace can be defined as the love and mercy God gives us because God wants us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it. We read in Ephesians 2: 8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast." 

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God's grace as threefold: prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying.

 

PREVENIENT GRACE

God takes the initiative in relating to humanity.  We do not have to beg and plead for God's love and grace. God actively seeks us!

 

JUSTIFYING GRACE

Justification is what happens when Christians abandon all those vain attempts to justify themselves before God, to be seen as "just" in God's eyes through religious and moral practices.  It is a time when God's "justifiying grace" is experienced and accepted, a time of pardon and forgiveness, of new peace and joy and love. Indeed, we are justified by God's grace through faith.

 

SANCTIFYING GRACE

Through God's sanctifying grace, we grow and mature in our ability to live as Jesus lived. As we pray, study the Scriptures, fast, worship, and share in fellowship with other Christians, we deepen our knowledge of and love for God.  As we respond with compassion to human need and work for justice in our communities, we strengthen our capacity to love our neighbor.  Our inner thoughts and motives, as well as our outer actions and behavior, are aligned with God's will and testify to our union with God. - From "United Methodist Handbook," by United Methodist Communications. Learn more at www.umc.org.

 

Our UMC Social Creed

We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation.
 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.

 

We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.

 

We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.

 

We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons.

 

We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.

 

We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.

 

We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world.

Amen.

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