A Modern Affirmation: We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, power, and love, whose mercy is over all his works, and whose will is ever directed to his children's good. We believe in Jesus Christ, son of God and Son of man, the gift of the Father's unfailing grace, the ground of our hope, and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need. We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth.
-The United Methodist Hymnal, 1989
What is a United Methodist?
The United Methodist Church traces its roots to the early Christian church. John Wesley is the father of Methodism. Methodism began as a group of societies within the Anglican church of England. They were called Methodists because the members observed daily routines of religious observances and social work. The sources of our faith include the Bible, Articles of Religion, confession of faith, The United Methodist Book of Discipline, theologians and educators, and John Wesley's writings.
We share with other Christians: conviction that God has mercy and love for all people; belief in a triune God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; faith in salvation through Jesus Christ; and celebration of the sacraments. We also share four guidelines for our belief: scripture; tradition; experience; and reason.
What do United Methodists believe?
Our PRIMARY Beliefs
• primacy of grace
• human dignity
• conversion and new birth
• prevenient grace
• faith and good works
• observe the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper