WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY TRINITY.
God is real in three persons. God the Father is the creator of the world. God’s Son, Jesus Christ is the second person of God, who is our Savior and Redeemer. And God, the Holy Spirit, is our sustainer and comforter.
The Christian faith is more than doctrines or a list of do’s and don’ts, or even profound emotions. The faith is first a vital relationship with God through Christ made real in us by the Holy Spirit. This relationship of love transforms us and make us know that we are worth something.
WE BELIEVE IN GOD AND GOD’S LOVE.
God is a loving Heavenly Father who is the source of all love. God’s love is given first as a gift that is free rather than a wage that is earned by being good;” then as a calling to which we must respond by loving God in return and loving our neighbor as ourselves; and finally as a source of strength to become more like Jesus.
WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND LORD.
Christ is God who became human, and lived among us on earth. He not only saves us from the sinful nature that we all experience, but he is also our “shepherd” who guides and directs us in a loving way in things that lead to ABUNDANT life. As we submit to this loving Shepherd, our lives are transformed, renewed and empowered for Christian living.
WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
This is the presence of God in our daily living. When Christ ascended into heaven God sent the Holy Spirit as a comforter and presence in our lives to keep us connected to God in a vital way.
WE BELIEVE IN A BALANCE OF HEART AND HEAD.
The love of God does touch us deeply and move us emotionally. At the same time, we do not accept everything that “feels good” or gets us caught up in the moment, nor are we asked to believe in nonsense. God gave us a heart and brains, We strive to use both.
WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE.
The Bible is God’s Holy Word, and is the guide and “measurement” of our beliefs and actions. We have different ideas about how the Scriptures are divinely inspired. But whatever we believe, we are not satisfied until the Bible connects with THE Word of God — Jesus Christ. We have found that theories do not save, Christ does. And the Bible is the first and best source of learning about faith in Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE IN GRACE.
Grace is the cornerstone of the United Methodist Church. God’s grace is equal to our every need. It sustains us in troubled times, it brings forgiveness when we have done wrong. It brings unity to the brokenness of life and it brings strength when we are weak.
WE BELIEVE IN CERTAIN MEANS OF GRACE.
That is, we find that God continually uses some familiar ways to give us gifts of the Spirit: such as Holy Communion, Baptism, prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship and the acts of service. Yes, God is in everything, but we are more likely to encounter God when we are praying (for instance) than when we are not.
WE BELIEVE IN TRADITION.
The Church has learned deep truths over the centuries and we receive these lessons gratefully. At the same time, though, we are called to interpret the “old story” in new ways for today. God’s love stays the same, but the world is changing. We must keep the lessons of faith and apply them in ways that relate to a changing world.
WE BELIEVE IN DISCIPLINED LIVING.
We “press on” to ever more faithful and courageous lives. This does not happen if we pay attention to God only when the mood hits us. If we fail to be committed, we remain shallow in our personal lives and fearful in our public witness. Disciplined living keeps us on course and grounded in the ways of God.