Our Shared Christian Roots:

God

The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.  God is Creator and Sustainer. God is love. God suffers with us. God redeems. God judges -all human behavior is measured by God’s righteous standards (not only the behavior itself but also the motive or the intent). God reigns over all creation and all history.

Jesus

We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection we are incorporated into God’s mighty act of salvation and God’s redeeming love.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it’s the Holy Spirit at work.

Human Beings

We’ve been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create.

The Church

The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.

Our Core Beliefs:

Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life.

Prevenient Grace

Grace is God’s active presence and love in our lives before we are even aware of it. This presence and love is not dependent on human actions or human response. It is a gift—a gift that is always available, but that can be refused.

Justifying Grace

The justifying grace of God points to reconciliation, pardon, repentance and restoration. God’s grace alone brings us into relationship with God. There are no hoops through which we have to jump in order to please God and to be loved by God. God has acted in Jesus Christ. We need only to respond in faith and move closer to God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Sanctifying Grace

It is the ongoing experience of God’s gracious presence transforming us into whom God intends us to be.  Through God’s sanctifying grace, 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. As we respond with compassion to human need and work for justice in our communities, we strengthen our capacity to love neighbor. Our inner thoughts and motives, as well as our outer actions and behavior, are aligned with God’s will and testify to our union with God.

United Methodists believe that faith and good works belong together.  Our faith inspires our service to each other and in the world.

If you would like to learn more, come visit with us or check out the United Methodist Church website.

 

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