Our Beliefs

What Do United Methodists Believe About Jesus Christ?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the child of the Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit, fully God and fully man, who came down from heaven to earth and who died for us and for our salvation. He is eternally God, Savior, Mediator, and Atoner. He continually intercedes for us in heaven and one day all persons will be judged by him. Article II, of the Confession of Faith found in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says: "We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfected and inseparably united. He is the eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering servant he lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with the Father, from whence he shall return. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, and by him all persons are to be judged."

What Do United Methodist Believe About the Cross?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that sin separated all people from God. The death of Jesus Christ upon the cross was an atoning sacrifice, which made possible both our forgiveness of sin and our reconciliation with God. In order to receive the salvation that Jesus offered us upon the cross through his sacrificial death we must repent of our sin and place our trust in Christ, and him alone for our salvation. The Nicene Creed says: "For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate..." Article II of The Articles of Religion found in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says: "...Christ, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original sin, but also for the actual sins of people."
Article XX of The Articles of Religion found in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "The offering of Christ, once made, is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin but that alone..." Article VI of The Articles of Religion found in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "...everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man, being both God and man."

What Do United Methodist Believe About Sin?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that because of rebellion against God going all the way back to Adam, all persons are inclined toward sin, self-centeredness, and selfishness. Sin is defined as missing the mark of God’s righteousness, being in rebellion against God, falling short of God’s righteousness, owing God a great debt, and disobeying God’s laws. We are not capable in our own power or by own will to forsake sin and please God. It is only through the grace of God in Jesus Christ that we can overcome sin and become part of God’s heavenly kingdom. Article VII of The Articles of Religion, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "...man is very far gone from original righteousness, and of his own nature inclined to evil, and that continually." Article VII of The Confession of Faith, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says,
"We believe man is fallen from righteousness and, apart from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is destitute of holiness and inclined toward evil. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. In his own strength, without divine grace, man cannot do good works pleasing and acceptable to God...”

What Do United Methodist Believe About Salvation?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that when a person repents of sin and trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that person is forgiven of sin and also receives the gift of eternal salvation, which is a right relationship with God. That right relationship with God is confirmed when the Holy Spirit indwells the life of that person, teaches and equips them to be a disciple of Christ, and enables them to share their faith with others. Article IX of The Articles of Religion, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "We are accounted righteous before God only for the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, we are justified by faith, only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort." Article IX of The Confession of Faith, in the United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "We believe we are never accounted righteous before God through our works or merit, but that penitent sinners are justified or accounted righteous before God only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” "We believe regeneration is the renewal of man in righteousness through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit whereby we are made partakers of the divine nature and experience newness of life. By this new birth the believer becomes reconciled to God and is enabled to serve him with the will and the affections.” "We believe, although we have experienced regeneration, it is possible to depart from grace and fall into sin; and we may even then, by the grace of God, be renewed in righteousness."

What Do United Methodists Believe About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that Jesus Christ experienced a physical resurrection and became alive again after three days in the grave. The Apostles Creed says "...the third day he rose from the dead..." Article III in The Articles of Religion, of The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature..."

What Do United Methodists Believe About the Trinity?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that God is one God who expresses himself through three different personalities: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Apostles Creed says, "I believe in God the Father Almighty...And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord...I believe in the Holy Spirit..." Article I of The Articles of Religion, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserve of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power and eternity---the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." Article I of The Confession of Faith, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "We believe in the one true, holy, and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. He is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of men, to the glory of his name. We believe the one God reveals himself as the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.

What Do United Methodists Believe About the Bible?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that the Bible was inspired by God and contains all the necessary truths for salvation. When the Bible is read under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Bible serves as our true rule and guide for faith and practice. Article V of the Articles of Religion, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "The Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any person that it should be believed as an article of the faith, or be though requisite or necessary to salvation..." Article VI of The Articles of Religion, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New Testaments everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ...Although the law given from God by Moses concerning ceremonies and rites does not bind Christians, nor ought the civil precepts thereof of necessity be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian whatsoever is free from the obedience of the commandments which are called moral." Article VI of The Confession of Faith, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "We believe the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, reveals the Word of God so far as it is necessary for our salvation. It is to be received through the Holy Spirit as the true rule and guide for faith and practice. Whatever is not revealed in or established by the Holy Scriptures is not to be made an article of faith nor is it to be taught as essential to salvation."

What Do United Methodist Believe About Heaven and Hell?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that Jesus shall one day judge all persons who have lived and died upon this earth. Those who have rejected God’s offer of eternal life through His son, Jesus Christ, will be eternally separated from him. Jesus Christ alone is empowered to judge our eternal destiny. Article XII of The Confession of Faith, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "We believe all persons stand under the righteous judgment of Jesus Christ, both now and in the last day. We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the righteous to life eternal and the wicked to endless condemnation." The Nicene Creed says, "He (Jesus) will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead."

What Do United Methodists Believe About the Second Coming?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that Jesus Christ will one day return again to earth in glory, culminating in the close of human history and the inaugurating of his future kingdom in all its fullness and power. Article III of The Articles of Religion, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "...he (Christ) ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all persons at the last day." The Nicene Creed says, "He (Jesus) will come again in glory..."

What Do United Methodists Believe About the Holy Spirit?
The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is that the Holy Spirit is of one and the same substance with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts and convinces the world of sin, and leads persons to respond by faith to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He resides in each of us and serves as our primary teacher, encourager, and our source of spiritual power. The Nicene Creed says, "We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets." Article IV of The Articles of Religion, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "The Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God." Article III of The Confession of Faith, in The United Methodist Book of Discipline says, "We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from and is one in being with the Father and the Son. He convinces the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He leads persons through faithful response to the gospel into the fellowship of the Church. He comforts, sustains, and empowers the faithful and guides them into all truth."