What does it mean to be Christian?
To be a Christian, simply put, is to follow Jesus —to do what Jesus did and to act like Jesus acted. However, we are only able to truly be like Jesus when our minds are being transformed into "the mind of Christ" through the ongoing, renewing work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2). We were created in God's image to rule and reign in the earth as God's ambassadors of wholeness, peace, joy, healing, righteousness, etc. (Genesis 1:26-28).
What does it mean to be Methodist?
As United Methodists, we believe God's Grace is freely given to and accessible by all. United Methodists do not believe in "pre-destination" - that some people are created to be chosen for salvation and others are created for condemnation. United Methodists believe that before we were capable of choosing God, He called and loved us through Prevenient Grace. When we surrender our own wills and align ourselves with the will of God, we are "made right" by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross through Justified Grace. Through Jesus Christ we grow in our desire to become more and more "holy" or set apart for the work and purposes of the Kingdom of God by Sanctifying Grace.
What do we believe?
- We believe in the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe Jesus Christ died and rose again to save us from our sins.
- We believe all people matter to God, and therefore matter to us.
- We believe the Holy Scriptures, as contained in the Old and New Testaments, are the very Word of God and, we recognize them as the highest authority for our lives.
- We believe, by the grace of God, all persons have the opportunity to accept the gift of salvation found only in Jesus Christ.
- We believe the church should be culturally relevant without compromising the doctrines of the Christian faith.
- We believe the Church is the Body of Christ and every member is important to God.
- We believe every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior has Spiritual Gifts that are to be used in the building up of the Body of Christ.
- We believe it is our duty to obey Christ’s command to make disciples of all people.