What We Believe
We describe God in three persons as the Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
The Holy Spirit
Salvation cannot be earned. There's no behavior, no matter how holy or righteous, by which we can achieve salvation. Rather, it's the gift of a gracious God. The process of salvation involves a change in us that we call conversion. Conversion is a new beginning that involves a turning around and leaving one orientation for another.
Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life. Grace is defined as the love and mercy given to us by God. Grace is God's free gift to us and cannot be earned. Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God's grace. This incredible grace flows from God's great love for us. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God's grace as threefold:
The Christian Life
The life we live as Christians is our response to God's love and grace that we call discipleship. Discipleship focuses on actively following in the footsteps of Jesus. As Christian disciples, we are not passive spectators, but energetic participants in God's activity in the world. Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God. We order our lives in ways that embody Christ's ministry in our families, workplace, communities, and the world.
Faith always includes as social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. As we grow in faith through our partication in the church community, we are also nurished and equipped for mission and service to the world. Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. As disciples, we become active participants in God' activity in the world. Love of God is always linked to love of neighbor and to a passionate commitment to seeking justice and renewal in the world.
As United Methodist, we understand infant baptism to be a sign of God's grace working in a child's life - initiating them into the community of the redeemed, and starting them on the journey of faith. We do not believe in re-baptism, but for those who do not remember their baptism, we offer a service by which baptized Christians may renew their baptismal vows.
For any person who professes faith in Jesus Christ and who have never recieved a Trinitarian baptism. Those who wish to be baptized will meet with one of our pastors to prepare for this sacred rite. The United Methodist Church recognizes any baptism from any denomination as long as it was done in the name of the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We do not practice re-baptism.