The Essentials

Our statement of faith closely aligns with the Apostles Creed.

  1. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
  2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after 3 days to demonstrate his power over sin & death.  He ascended into heaven & will come again to judge the living and the dead, and to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:15-15; Titus 2:13)
  3. The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father, and the Son.  He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation providing power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right.  (11 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-14; 16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
  4. The Bible is God’s Word to us and how God speaks to and reveals Himself to His followers. We believe it is eternal and true.  It was written by human authors fully inspired by the Holy Spirit.  It is the primary source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  All that is essential to salvation is found in the Bible. (11 Timothy 3:16; 11 Peter 1:20-21; 11 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105; 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
  5. People are created in the image of God. Unfortunately, that image has been marred in all of us by an attitude of disobedience we call sin.  This attitude separates us from God.  We will reach our full potential only when we allow that image to shine through our lives. The process of spiritual discovery is life-long. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
  6. It is impossible for any of us to reach our full potential on our own. In and of ourselves, we lack the power to become better people.  God, however, reaches out to us.  Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must claim it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from their sin.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.  (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
  7. A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, initiated by God for us. Like other Protestants, we celebrate two sacraments:

Baptism:  This is a sacrament of initiation into the church.  (Ephesians 4:5-6)  When we baptize infants, we are recognizing that, as children of believing parents, they have a place in the covenant community of God’s people. (1 Corinthians 1:16; Acts 16:15; Acts 2:39) Infant baptism is a response to prevenient grace.  We do not believe that infant baptism alone is sufficient for salvation; the child must one day accept the gift of salvation for himself or herself and then be confirmed as a professing member of the church.

We recognize the baptisms of other Christian denomination as valid (however, there are several religious communities whose baptism we do not recognize).  If you were baptized as an infant, then your public profession of faith upon joining the church makes it complete.  If you were, or will be, baptized as an adult, then your baptism serves as your public profession of faith in Christ.  If you need to be baptized, you may choose between sprinkling, pouring and immersion.

–Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper): “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love Him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.”  Communion in the United Methodist church is an open table: one does not have to be a member of this church to participate.  The bread of Holy Communion represents the broken body of Jesus Christ, given for us.  The cup represents the blood poured out to give us new life. (Mark 14:22-24)  We believe that Christ is present in a special way when we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-26)