As a congregation of the United Methodist Church (UMC) we subscribe to the Articles of Religion and Confession of Faith as found in the UMC Book of Discipline. We are also highly influenced by the sermons of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement in 18th century England.
For a detailed explanation of our beliefs, visit the UMC website. For access to John Wesley’s sermons, visit the General Board of Global Ministries/UM History website or Wesley Center Online.
The following bullet points summarize many of our beliefs as described in paragraphs 101, 102, 103 and 104 of the UMC Book of Discipline.
- We believe in the Trinity. There is only one God who is made up of three persons. They are: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To worship one is to worship all three because the three make up the one true God.
- Jesus is one of the three persons of the Trinity. He is the Son who became human. As such, He is fully human and fully God. He is God incarnate, God become flesh.
- Jesus died as atonement for our sins, rose on the third day and ascended into heaven.
- The Bible is authoritative. It contains everything we need for our salvation. We recognize the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
- We are all sinners and have broken our relationship with God. Therefore, we all need of God’s salvation. Our needed salvation is made possible through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
- We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. We cannot earn our salvation with good works. However, good works become a natural outcome of God’s grace.
- God’s grace can be defined as the “undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit” (Paragraph 101 of the UMC Book of Discipline.)
- God’s grace brings the sinner to the point of conviction and repentance. This work of grace is known as prevenient grace.
- God’s grace enables the sinner to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus. Once a sinner receives God’s forgiveness, the loving relationship between God and that sinner is restored. This work of grace is called justifying grace.
- As we walk in a loving relationship with the Father through faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit transforms our hearts so that we can become more holy and loving like Jesus. This Christ-likeness, which all Christians should aspire to, is also referred to as holiness or perfection. This work of grace is called sanctifying grace.
- God’s grace is available to all people because God loves all people.
- God’s grace is resistible. We can accept it or reject it.