Our Basic Faith and Values
What we believe
We founded the United Methodist Church’s teaching to be biblical and relevant to our faith in God. We believe both its teaching and church structure are biblically sounded and valid for the cause of the Gospel and the call for the Great Commission. We affirm the United Methodist Church’s teaching on the doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Human Beings, Sin, Salvation, the Church, the Bible, Sacraments and the Kingdom of God – to name just a few (click the link on the left for detail or login to: www.umc.org).
Our faith is rooted in the Apostolic teaching as summarized in the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. We hold both the Old Testament and New Testament as inspired Word of God and that only through Jesus Christ that a person can be saved as commonly expressed "by grace through faith." While both are inspired, the New Testament takes precedent for essential matters of faith and practices and serves as the primary authority for our faith, lives and practices of ministry. We observe both Sacraments: Baptism and the Eucharist with open communion and infant baptism. We believe both sacraments are means of God's grace and power sanctifying and sustaining us as God's peoples.
We like the United Methodist Church for its inclusiveness and embrace of diversity, its commitment to Scriptural holiness, piety and acts of justice and compassion through its outreach ministry and mission, social principles, the ministry of all people, including women as pastors, and the combat against social injustice, oppression and racism in the world.
As United Methodists, we believe that we are Christians, born again by water and Spirit, and yet not only Christians or church members, but that we are also disciples of Jesus Christ being called and commissioned for the Great Commission. We believe a Christian grows though stages but true disciples mature in sound doctrines, love and services as well as conducting their life worthy of God’s call and live as God’s representatives in the world. We believe all believers of Jesus Christ who accepted him as Lord and Savior and were baptized are of one body in Jesus Christ, the church universal, called to be God's people, servants and love in the world.
We believe the church exists for the unchurched in order to make them disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of world. As such, we seek to engage in mission and discipleship ministry while also practice radical hospitality, love and being good stewards of all God's gifts given to us for the glory of God: time, talents and treasure.