GOD

The one living and true God, the maker and sustainer of all things. God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is God’s Son incarnate, born of the Virgin Mary. He died for our sins, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is God present and active in the world. He comforts, sustains and empowers us so we can live faithfully in the world.

HUMANITY

All people are created in the image of God and thus every person has intrinsic value. However, this image was marred due to Adam and Eve’s sin and fellowship with God was broken. Through God’s grace, every person has the opportunity to respond to God’s love and kindness as shown through the life and death of Jesus Christ.

SCRIPTURE

We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testaments, the only written Word of God. The Scriptures are our rule and guide in all matters of faith and practice.

SALVATION

Methodists believe all people can be saved by grace through faith. We take John 3:16 literally–that God loves the whole world and is willing to save “whosoever” believes in Jesus.

THE CHURCH

We believe the Christian Church is the community of all true believers under the Lordship of Christ. We as Christians, are called to be in community with other believers. Methodists are ecumenical…meaning we are willing to serve and work with Christians from other denominations.

SACRAMENTS

We believe sacraments are symbols and pledges of the Christian’s profession and of God’s love toward us. They are means of grace by which God strengthens and confirms our faith in him. Methodists believe that sacraments are not just something we do; they are also acts where God works in us! The two sacraments ordained by Christ are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We have an open table at First UMC, which means that everyone is invited to receive Holy Communion. This is the Lord’s table and all are welcome.

GRACE

God’s mercy and kindness is always at work in people’s lives through prevenient grace, justifying grace, and sanctifying grace. Prevenient grace is the love that surrounds all humanity and leads us to repentance and faith. In justifying grace we are, through faith, forgiven of sin and given new life. Sanctifying grace allows us to grow in our faith and increase in our knowledge and love for God.

HOLINESS

One thing that is very distinctive about Methodists is our emphasis on holiness. We believe our response to God’s grace is holiness of heart and of life. God’s grace not only allows our sins to be forgiven, but also gives us the power to live new lives. We are not merely saved “from sin,” but also saved “for righteousness.” We seek entire sanctification–where our whole life is fully devoted to loving God and loving others.

GOD’S ULTIMATE VICTORY

We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ, in the bodily resurrection of all persons, in final judgment, and in eternal reward and punishment. In the end, God will have victory over Satan and all evil and will establish his perfect kingdom in a new heaven and a new earth.

MISSION

The mission statement of the United Methodist Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
 
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