What we Believe
We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.
We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.
We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.
We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.
We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world.
From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2000.
Copyright 2000 by The United Methodist Publishing House.
A Triune God
We believe in God's self revelation as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct but inseparable parts.
The Father - We believe in one true, holy, and living God who is creator, sovereign, and preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. God is eternally present extending grace for the well-being and salvation of all people.
The Son - We believe that God is most clearly known in and through the life of Jesus of Nazareth who is the living Word of God and source and measure of all valid Christian teaching. We believe in the mystery of salvation through the redeeming love of God found in the teachings, life, death, resurrection, and promised return of Christ Jesus. Through Christ, we discover and experience God's love and grace and are reconciled with God.
The Holy Spirit - We believe that God's love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God's constant presence in our lives where we find strength and help in need. The Spirit comforts, sustains, and empowers us.