what_we_believe
  • The Bible: This is the inspired word of God
  • Trinity: One God, three persons
    • The Father almighty: creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible
    • Jesus Christ: our lord who was born of the virgin Mary, crucified, died, buried, and descended into hell. He overcame death and ascended into heaven. He is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead.
    • The Holy Spirit: the Lord and Giver of Life, the Sanctifier of souls, the Helper, Comforter, the Giver of graces, he who leads souls to the Father and the Son.
  • The holy catholic Church: all who truly trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord are by God’s grace members of this church.
  • The communion of saints: where believers in the past, believers in the present, and believers in the years to come are sharing a common salvation in our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The forgiveness of sins: God requires only two things of us as conditions for his forgiveness of us: repentance and forgiveness of others.
  • The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting: Just as Christ is risen and lives forever, so all of us will rise at the last day.

heritage

The following words, often attributed to John Wesley captures the spirit of Methodism

  • “Do all the good you can,
  • By all the means you can,
  • In all the ways you can,
  • In all the places you can,
  • At all times you can,
  • To all people you can,
  • As long as you ever can.”
  • Grace: The Book of Discipline defines grace as the undeserved, unmerited and loving action of God in human existence through the ever present Holy Spirit.
  • John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as threefold:
    • Prevenient Grace : God’s active presence in our lives, is not dependent on human actions, It is a gift that is always available, but that can be refused.
    • Justifying Grace : We need only to respond in faith to Jesus Christ and God’s grace alone brings us into relationship with God. Justification is also a time of repentance, a time of pardon and forgiveness, to receive assurance of our present salvation through the Holy Spirit..
    • Sanctifying Grace: This is a time we grow and mature in our ability to live as Jesus lived. As we pray, study the Scriptures, fast, worship, and share in fellowship with other Christians, we deepen our knowledge of and love for God.
  • Wesleyan Quadrilateral: The truth of scripture to our personal and social lives is interpreted through the use of tradition, reason and experience.

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