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About Us

What We Believe

God

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.

Jesus

  • We believe Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
  • We believe Jesus was divine. He is the Son of God.
  • We believe God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today.
  • We believe Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
  • We believe Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
  • The Holy Spirit

  • We believe the Holy Spirit is God with us.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit guides us to the truth, comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently to God's purpose.
  • The Bible

  • We believe the Bible is God's Word.
  • We believe the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  • We believe Christians need to know and study the Old and New Testaments.
  • Salvation

    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

    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:

  • Prevenient Grace: God's active presence in our lives that doesn't depend on our actions or response. It is God seeking us even before we are aware of him.
  • Justifying Grace: reconciliation, pardon and restoration. Through the work of God in Christ or sins are forgiven, and our relationship with God is restored.
  • Sanctifying Grace: Salvation is not a static, one-time event in our lives. It is the ongoing experience of God's gracious presence transforming us into whom God intends us to be.
  • 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.

    The Church

    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.

    Infant Baptism

    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.

    Adult Baptism

    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.

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