What We Believe

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, insisted that evangelical faith should manifest itself in evangelical living. In other words, believers must practice what we preach. This principle is summed up in what is called the “3 Simple Rules”.
Do no harm (avoid all kinds of evil)
Do good (as often as you can to all that you can)
Love God (always)
The Kingdom of God can be lived out and experienced every day in our own lives and the lives of others if we will follow these simple rules.

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Core Beliefs


Theological Guidelines
United Methodists share with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. Through Scripture the living Christ meets us in the experience of redeeming grace.
The theological task does not start anew in each age or each person. Christianity does not leap from New Testament times to the present as though nothing were to be learned from that great  cloud of witnesses in between. For centuries Christians have sought to interpret the truth of the gospel for their time.
 In these attempts, tradition, understood both in terms of process and form, has played an important role.  The passing on and receiving of the gospel among persons, regions, and generations constitutes a dynamic element of Christian history.
In our theological task, we follow Wesley's practice of examining experience, both individual and corporate, for confirmations of the realities of God's grace attested in Scripture.
Our experience interacts with Scripture. We read Scripture in light of the conditions and events that help shape who we are, and we interpret our experience in terms of Scripture.
Although we recognize that God's revelation and our experiences of God's grace continually surpasses the scope of human language and reason, we also believe that any disciplined theological work calls for the careful use of reason.
By reason we read and interpret Scripture.
By reason we determine whether our Christian witness is clear.
By reason we ask questions of faith and seek to understand God's action and will.


There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker.


Sin and Free will
We believe man is fallen from righteousness and, apart from the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, is destitute of holiness and inclined to evil. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. In his own strength, without divine grace, man cannot do good works pleasing and acceptable to God, We believe, however, man influenced and empowered by the Holy Spirit is responsible in freedom to exercise his will for good.


  I believe in God, the Father, Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Grace pervades our understanding of Christian faith and life. By grace we mean the undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit. While the grace of God is undivided, it precedes salvation as "prevenient grace," continues in "justifying grace," and is brought to fruition in "sanctifying grace."
Prevenient Grace- We acknowledge God's prevenient grace, the divine love that surrounds all humanity and precedes any and all of our conscious impulses. This grace prompts our first wish to please God, our first glimmer of understanding concerning God's will, and our "first slight transient conviction" of having sinned against God.
God's grace also awakens in us an earnest longing for deliverance from sin and death and moves us toward repentance and faith.
Justification and Assurance-We believe God reaches out to the repentant believer in justifying grace with accepting and pardoning love. Wesleyan theology stresses that a decisive change in the human heart can and does occur under the prompting of grace and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
In justification we are, through faith, forgiven our sin and restored to God's favor. This righting of relationships by God through Christ calls forth our faith and trust as we experience regeneration, by which we are made new creatures in Christ.
This process of justification and new birth is often referred to as conversion. Such a change may be sudden and dramatic, or gradual and cumulative. It marks a new beginning, yet it is part of an ongoing process. Christians experience as personal transformation always expresses itself itself as faith working by love.
Our Wesleyan theology also embraces the scriptural promise that we can expect to receive assurance of our present salvation as the Spirit "bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God."
Sanctification and Perfection-We hold that the wonder od God's acceptance and pardon does not end God's saving work, which continues to nurture our growth in grace. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to increase in the knowledge and love of God  and in love for our neighbor.
New Birth  is the first step in the process of sanctification. Sanctifying grace draws us toward the gift of Christian perfection, which Wesley described as a heart "habitually filled with the love of God and neighbor" and as "having  the mind of Christ and walking as he walked."
This gracious gift of God's power and love, the hope and expectation of the faithful, is neither warranted by our efforts nor limited by our frailties.
Faith and Good Works- We see God's grace and human activity working in the relationship of faith and good works. God's grace calls forth human response and discipline.


We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.  
At the heart of the gospel of salvation is God's incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. Scripture witnesses to the redeeming love of God in Jesus' life and teachings, his atoning death, his resurrection, his sovereign presence in history, his triumph over the powers of evil and death, and his promise return. Because God truly loves us in spite of our willful sin, God judges us, receives us by that grace given to us in Jesus Christ, and gives us hope of eternal life.
Mission and Service-We insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. 

The Church

We share the Christian belief that God's redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers.
This community is the church, which the Holy Spirit has brought into existence for the healing of the nations.
Through  faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven, reconciled to God, and transformed as people of the new covenant.
" Life in the Spirit" involves diligent use of the means of grace such as praying, fasting, attending upon the sacraments, and inward searching in solitude. It also encompasses the communal life of the church in worship, mission, evangelism, service, and social witness.
We understand ourselves to be part of Christ's universal church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we become conformed to Christ.
We are initiated and incorporated into this community of faith by Baptism, receiving the promise of the Spirit that re-creates and transforms us. Through the regular celebration of Holy Communion, we participate in the risen presence of Jesus Christ and are thereby nourished for faithful discipleship.

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