We believe that God is infinite in wisdom, power, and love – the creator and sustainer of the universe. God is a triune God, existing as God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. In addition to being the creator and sustainer of the universe, we believe that God is the source of all goodness and beauty, truth and love, whose mercy is over all his works, and whose will is ever directed to his children’s good. We believe that every person on earth is God’s child. God will hear the prayer of any and every person. One does not have to go through any intermediary to reach God. However, through worship, fellowship, and study of the Bible, one learns how to better commune with God.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (John 3:16). We believe Jesus Christ is uniquely God’s Son, sent by God, to be born of Mary, to make the invisible God known in human form. In his expression of loving mercy, in his teaching, in his miracles of compassion, in the absolutely holy life he lived, in the compassion of his ministry, and in the utter selflessness of his servanthood, we see God: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
We believe that Jesus Christ died upon a cross for us and our sins. His cross is an example of sacrifice, and it is a revelation of God’s love; but it is more, much more. His death on the cross forever makes a difference in a person’s relationship with God. As Paul put it, “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19). We find salvation through the blood Jesus shed.
We believe Christ rose from the dead, and his resurrection is our assurance that there is a life for us beyond our earthly existence: “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the presence of God here on earth – God in us and with us – that the Holy Spirit came in a new and mighty way upon the Christians at Pentecost (Acts 2) and is present in the world today. We believe the Spirit bears witness to our spirits that we are in Jesus Christ and are the children of God. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, wrote of the Holy Spirit: “By the witness of the Spirit I mean the inward impression on the soul, whereby the Spirit of God immediately and directly witnesses to my spirit that I am a child of God; that Jesus Christ hath loved me and given Himself for me; that all my sins are blotted out and I, even I, am reconciled to God.”
Forgiveness of our sins and the salvation of our souls
We believe that sin is both in our nature and in our actions. It may be said that our actions are the expressions of the sin in our souls. If we demonstrate remorse and a desire to change and put our faith in Jesus Christ, then we are justified, saved, and cleansed – not because we deserve it, but because of the grace, the unmerited favor of God: “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and holy Word of God. The Bible is our chief source of knowledge about God and Jesus Christ and contains all the truth necessary for salvation.
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- Meet the Methodists, Charles L. Allen