What We Believe

About the United Methodist Church

 

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a global church that’s slogan is open hearts, open

doors and open minds. The UMC tries to be in active engagement with our world constantly.

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, placed primary emphasis on

Christian living by putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred

to as “practical divinity” has continued to challenge United Methodism today to be a church

concerned with what is going on in the world and actually impacting the world by how we

live out our faith.

Our Beliefs

 

United Methodists share basic beliefs in common with all Christian communities.

We believe one God is the Creator of our entire universe. That same God exists in three

forms which we refer to as the Trinity. These three expressions of God are: the Father, the

Son and the Holy Spirit. God is both holy and loving.

 

We believe in Jesus Christ (the son), who lived, then died on the cross, rose from the dead

and ascended into heaven and will one day return again to the earth. Jesus Christ is central

to our Christian faith as He is our savior and redeemer as witnessed in the Gospels of the

New Testament.

 

Methodists use four sources at all times when making decisions about our faith. These four

sources are: the bible, tradition, reason and experience, with scripture being our central

source for all things.

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