We believe that God has eternally existed. God himself shows us his desire for relationship by being relational in himself. He has continually revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each part of what we know as the Trinity has distinct personal attributes, but these do not divide the nature or essence of God's being. Being created in God's image means that God is in himself relational and that He created man to be in relationship with Himself.
We believe that Jesus has eternally existed as the Son of God. As a part of the narrative story of God's redemption, Jesus became human. In other words, God became one of us. The church describes this as the Incarnation. The redemption narrative, which we call the Bible, continues as Jesus not only becomes human, but is born to a virgin and lives a sinless, perfect life on earth, allowing him to make right everything that had been done wrong in Adam. Jesus chose to die on a cross as a sacrifice for the penalty that should have been ours and his resurrection three days later made new life possible for us in this life and the next. What Jesus did during his time on earth and the character of his being provide a consistent reminder of what we should be about with our lives.
How do I begin a relationship with Jesus and receive this new life?:
By confessing your sin to God, putting your trust in Jesus and what His death and resurrection made possible for you, and surrendering your life to God's purposes, you can begin a personal relationship with Jesus. We believe that when we begin that relationship, the Spirit of God enters our being - we call it the Holy Spirit - and that Spirit not only becomes our guide, but it continues the process that began at our point of surrender - moving us from a life of sin to a life where we resemble the person of Jesus Christ.
Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion:
In our worship celebrations, there are two recurring symbols: baptism and Holy Communion (also known as the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper). Through Baptism we are initiated in to Christ holy Church, it is a grace filled act recognizing the initiative that Good has lovingly taken in offering us salvation and forgiveness through the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.; and in baptism we acknowledge his ever present Holy Spirit bringing grace to bear in our lives. Through baptism, we announce our commitment to the church and our desire to live a life following the example of Jesus Christ. And the body of Christ responds by vowing to ask as the living embodiment of Christ for the newly baptized Christian. In the Holy Communion, we celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, through which we have the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that this meal is not only a memorial to that sacrifice, but a means by which God's gracious presence brings special blessing into our lives. We believe in the presence of Christ with and in His church as they share in these sacraments. Both of these are important means of grace that refocus us on the center of our lives: Jesus Christ.
We believe that God created man in the image of God. Because of this, each and every human being possesses great dignity and is worthy of our respect and love. God confirms his love for each and every person when He sent His own son to die on the cross so that we might be able to be in relationship with Him through salvation in Jesus. In Genesis, God created man to rule over the earth; therefore we are stewards of the earth and the resources it contains. We believe that we will be held accountable for that stewardship, along with the stewardship of our gifts, talents, and the provision God makes in our lives on a regular basis.
About the Church:
The church has never been, nor will ever be perfect. However, its shortcomings cannot deter us from our purpose as God's primary instrument of transformation in the world. We know that we were designed for community with other people, and the place of greatest community in the world should be the church. The church is not a corporation or a massive company. It is a new humanity created by the resurrection of Jesus Christ that expresses itself as a community of faith in Christ. The Scriptures describes it as a body or a family. Our church takes seriously our role to serve our community and exist as a place that offers people hope, redemption, and purpose, even as we challenge people to discover and live a Christ-centered life.
If you want more "Official Language" describing what we believe; here it is!
The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus was the Son of God, the child of the Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit, truly God and truly man, who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us and by him all persons will be judged.
Article II, the Confession of Faith, The Book of Discipline: "We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfected and inseparably united. He is the eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering servant he lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with the Father, from whence he shall return. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, and by him all persons are to be judged." Hebrews 1: 3 , Colossians 1: 15-17
... The Cross?
The official United Methodist doctrine is that sin separated all persons from God. Jesus' death on the cross was an atoning sacrifice, making possible our forgiveness and reconciliation with God. To repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ are the only requirements for one to receive that salvation made possible by Jesus' death.
The Nicene Creed: "For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate..."
Article II- The Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "...Christ, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original sin, but also for the actual sins of people." I John 4: 1 , 2 Corinthians 5: 19
Article XX-The Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "The offering of Christ, once made, is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin but that alone..." 1 John 2:2
Article VI-The Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "...everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man, being both God and man." Hebrews 9: 15
The Official United Methodist doctrine is this: because of rebellion against God going all the way back to Adam, all persons are inclined toward sin and selfishness. Sin means missing the mark of God's righteousness; it means to be in rebellion against God, to disobey his laws. 1 John 3: 4
A person by strength of will power alone cannot forsake sin and please God. Only through an intervention of God's grace can a person overcome sin and become part of the Kingdom of God.
Article VII--Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "...man is very far gone from original righteousness, and of his own nature inclined to evil, and that continually." Romans 3: 10-12, Ephesians 2: 3
Article VII--Confession of Faith, The Book of Discipline: "We believe man is fallen from righteousness and, apart from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is destitute of holiness and inclined toward evil. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. In his own strength, without divine grace, man cannot do good works pleasing and acceptable to God...
The official United Methodist doctrine is this: when a person repents of sin and trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, that person is forgiven of sin and receives the gift of eternal salvation (right relationship with God). The Holy Spirit takes up residence in that person, teaching and equipping him or her to be a disciple of Christ, and confirming that the person is indeed a child of God. John 3: 16-17
Article IX--The Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "We are accounted righteous before God only for the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, we are justified by faith, only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort." Romans 5:1
Article IX- The Confession of Faith, The Book of Discipline: "We believe we are never accounted righteous before God through our works or merit, but that penitent sinners are justified or accounted righteous before God only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5: 17 , 1 John 1: 9
"We believe regeneration is the renewal of man in righteousness through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit whereby we are made partakers of the divine nature and experience newness of life. By this new birth the believer becomes reconciled to God and is enabled to serve him with the will and the affections.
"We believe, although we have experienced regeneration, it is possible to depart from grace and fall into sin; and we may even then, by the grace of God, be renewed in righteousness."
... The Resurrection of Jesus?
The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus' physical body became alive again after three days in the grave.
The Apostles Creed: "...the third day he rose from the dead..."
Article III--The Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature..." I Corinthians 15: 20 , 1 Peter 1: 21
... The Trinity?
The official United Methodist doctrine is that God is one God who expresses himself in three ways: as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Isaiah 44:6 , 1 Timothy 2:5
The Apostles Creed: "I believe in God the Father Almighty...And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord...I believe in the Holy Spirit..."
Article I- Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserve of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power and eternity---the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28: 19
Article I-The Confession of Faith, The Book of Discipline: "We believe in the one true, holy, and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. He is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of men, to the glory of his name. We believe the one God reveals himself as the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power. 1 Peter 1: 2
... The Bible?
The official United Methodist doctrine is that the Bible was inspired by God and contains all things necessary for salvation. When read under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is our true rule and guide for faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Article V- Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "The Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any person that it should be believed as an article of the faith, or be though requisite or necessary to salvation..."
Article VI- Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New Testaments everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ...Although the law given from God by Moses concerning ceremonies and rites does not bind Christians, nor ought the civil precepts thereof of necessity be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian whatsoever is free from the obedience of the commandments which are called moral."
Article VI-The Confession of Faith, The Book of Discipline: "We believe the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, reveals the Word of God so far as it is necessary for our salvation. It is to be received through the Holy Spirit as the true rule and guide for faith and practice. Whatever is not revealed in or established by the Holy Scriptures is not to be made an article of faith nor is it to be taught as essential to salvation."
... Heaven and Hell?
The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus will judge the living and the dead. Those who have not accepted Jesus' offer of forgiveness and new life are at risk of living apart from him for all eternity. Jesus Christ alone is empowered to judge one's eternal destiny. John 5: 28-29
Article XII- The Confession of Faith, The Book of Discipline: "We believe all persons stand under the righteous judgment of Jesus Christ, both now and in the last day. We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the righteous to life eternal and the wicked to endless condemnation." Matthew 13: 41-43
The Nicene Creed: "He (Jesus) will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead."
... The Second Coming?
The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus Christ will return again in glory, bringing human history to a close, and inaugurating his Kingdom in all its fullness. Acts 1: 11
Article III-The Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "...he (Christ) ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all persons at the last day."
The Nicene Creed: "He (Jesus) will come again in glory..."
... The Holy Spirit?
The official United Methodist doctrine is that the Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convinces the world of sin, and leads persons to a response in faith to the gospel. The Holy Spirit is the Christian's primary teacher, comforter, and source of power.
The Nicene Creed: "We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets."
Article IV-The Articles of Religion, The Book of Discipline: "The Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God." John 15: 26 , Romans 5: 1
Article III-The Confession of Faith, The Book of Discipline: "We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from and is one in being with the Father and the Son. He convinces the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He leads persons through faithful response to the gospel into the fellowship of the Church. He comforts, sustains, and empowers the faithful and guides them into all truth."
These are just the high points of our beliefs so of if you still have questions? Call the Church office at 501-843-2302 and ask for Pastor Jeff.