What We Believe

The Bible We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We believe the Holy Spirit guided and directed human authors to create God’s written means of communication with us, which reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity. The Bible reveals God’s master plan for living the Christian life and is our source for faith and practice. God We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power and eternal qualities. Jesus  We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior who came to earth in the flesh to reveal God to humans and to restore all of fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. We believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; he is both fully human and fully God. Jesus lived a perfect life of grace and prophetically revealed the truth, justice and righteousness of God. Jesus announced and embodied the ultimate authority of the Kingdom of God and inevitably his Truth collided with the powers of this world. He then willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s truth and love for sinful humans and to provide salvation for all humanity. His sacrifice provides all humans the means to be reconnected with their loving Creator through receiving God’s gift of new life and forgiveness in Christ. We believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven, where he rules as our Lord (absolute authority) and advocate. Jesus will return to earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time. The Holy Spirit We believe in the divine personhood of the Holy Spirit as an equal part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God present, living within each follower to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the change agent in the lives of Jesus’ followers, illuminating God’s word for understanding and application in the life of each. The Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption and justice for all people and all creation. The Church We believe the Church (also known as the Body or Bride of Christ in scripture) is a spiritual organism made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who are called to live in fellowship and worship together. We believe in the priesthood of all believers: everyone in relationship with Christ is gifted, empowered and called to serve within God’s mission to reach the world. The Church is God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people. What is a United Methodist? United Methodists are the second largest and most diverse Protestant denomination in America. Almost every community in America with over 2,000 residents has at least one United Methodist Church. The founder of the denomination was John Wesley, the eighteenth century Church of England pastor whose preaching and practice of faith in Jesus Christ created a revival that swept through England and the world. This revival has significantly influenced the way modern Christians follow Jesus. His brother Charles wrote many of Christianity’s most popular hymns including “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion. Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith. Methodists have open hearts, and open minds–and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith. If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 540-248-7777 and ask to speak to our Pastor, Ed Rigg.