What United Methodists believe
- We believe in a triune God. That means that God is expressed in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Bible is God’s message to humanity. The writings in the Old Testament and New Testament are the inspired word of God.
- We believe that humanity was created in the image of God. When humans distort that image, we become separated from God. That separation from God is called sin. Sin estranges us from God and corrupts human nature in a way that calls out for God’s healing help.
- We recognize two sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.
- We believe that individuals are free to make their own choices because of God’s divine grace.
- We believe grace is God’s unmerited favor given to humanity, without price. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as threefold: prevenient grace, justifying grace and sanctifying grace.
- Prevenient grace is the form of grace that exists before we even realize a need for it. It is among the first gifts God bestows, though it can be refused.
- Justifying grace does not require that we respond to God’s wondrous gift by jumping through any hoops. All we need to do is simply respond to the gift with repentance and faith.
- We believe that salvation is not a static, one-time event in our lives. It is the ongoing experience of God’s gracious presence transforming us into who God intends us to be. John Wesley described this dimension of God’s grace as sanctification. Through God’s sanctifying grace, we grow and mature in our ability to live as Jesus lived.
Want to know more? Clink on the “Our Faith” tab at www.umc.org or speak with a pastor.