Our BeliefsWe Believe…

  • There is only one true God who is creator of all.
  • Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, was born of a virgin, crucified on a cross, experienced death, and rose from the dead.
  • The Holy Spirit is God’s presence within us to lead, comfort, and empower us for ministry.
  • Salvation is God’s free gift of grace given to all who receive Jesus as Savior.
  • The Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God.
  • The Church’s mission is to go and make disciples for Jesus Christ.

 

 

As Christians…

  • We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
  • We share the Christian belief that God’s redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal

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    experience and in the community of believers.

  • We understand ourselves to be part of Christ’s universal church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we become conformed to Christ.
  • With other Christians we recognize that the reign of God is both a present and future reality.
  • We share with many Christian communions a recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith, the confession that our justification as sinners is by grace through faith, and the sober realization that the church is in need of continual reformation and renewal.  read more

 

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As United Methodists…

  • Grace pervades our understanding of Christian faith and life. By grace we mean the undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit. While the grace of God is undivided, it precedes salvation as “prevenient grace,” continues in “justifying grace,” and is brought to fruition in “sanctifying grace.”
    • Prevenient Grace—We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that surrounds all humanity and precedes any and all of our conscious impulses. This grace prompts our first wish to please God, our first glimmer of understanding concerning God’s will, and our “first slight transient conviction” of having sinned against God. God’s grace also awakens in us an earnest longing for deliverance from sin and death and moves us toward repentance and faith.
    • Justification—We believe God reaches out to the repentant believer in justifying grace with accepting and pardoning love.  In justification we are, through faith, forgiven our sin and restored to God’s favor. This righting of relationships by God through Christ calls forth our faith and trust as we experience regeneration, by which we are made new creatures in Christ. This process of justification and new birth is often referred to as conversion. Such a change may be sudden and dramatic, or gradual and cumulative. It marks a new beginning, yet it is part of an ongoing process.
    • Sanctification and Perfection—We hold that the wonder of God’s acceptance and pardon does not end God’s saving work, which continues to nurture our growth in grace. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to increase in the knowledge and love of God and in love for our neighbor.  Sanctifying grace draws us toward the gift of Christian perfection, which John Wesley described as a heart “habitually filled with the love of God and neighbor” and as “having the mind of Christ and walking as he walked.” This gracious gift of God’s power and love, the hope and expectation of the faithful, is neither warranted by our efforts nor limited by our frailties.
  • Faith and Good Works—We see God’s grace and human activity working together in the relationship of faith and good works.
    God’s grace calls forth human response and discipline.  Faith is the only response essential for salvation. However, salvation evidences itself in good works.

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    • Mission and Service—We insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. By joining heart and hand, we assert that personal religion, evangelical witness, and Christian social action are reciprocal and mutually reinforcing.
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    • Scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world.
    • Nurture and Mission of the Church—Finally, we emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping community. The communal forms of faith (the Church) not only promote personal growth; they also equip and mobilize us for mission and service to the world.
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