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What we believe as United Methodists

We believe that God is understood in three distinct forms.  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.

We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.  We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.  We believe that God is loving and that we can experience God’s love and grace.

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

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.  We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.  We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.

We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.  We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.  We believe that the mission of the church is to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Jesus Christ.  We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.  We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.  We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).

Adapted from Every Teacher Needs to know About Theology, 2002. Discipleship Resources.

For more information on what we believe as United Methodists check out these two websites:

www.eocumc.com and www.umc.org