Our Beliefs & Values
Core Beliefs & Values
Within this local congregation, we share these core beliefs and values which we express through our actions:
1) We believe God loves us and is present in every part of our lives, so we strive to offer an experience of God’s presence through our hospitality.
2) We are disciples of Jesus Christ, who lived and died so we are forgiven. We invite all people to come to know God’s love through Jesus Christ and follow him together.
3) We understand God’s call to service through Christ’s example, so we respond to God’s call by serving others by supporting missions and "hands-on" Christian service.
4) Bible study, prayer, sacraments and stewardship are essential practices of our faith. We invite each person to grow into his or her next steps of practicing their faith.
5) We believe God values everyone equally, and we encourage each person to name, claim and live into their gifts for ministry and leadership.
United Methodist Beliefs
As United Methodists, we believe that the Bible is the living word God inspired human beings to write. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, taught that our personal understandings of scripture emerge through our learned traditions in the church, our individual reasoning abilities and our life experiences. We practice the two sacraments of baptism and communion, as reflected in the life of Jesus Christ within scripture.
Our denominational beliefs are grounded in John Wesley’s theology of grace. We believe God’s love is available to all people before they are even aware of it, in the form of prevenient grace. When we become aware of this love, we can choose to accept or reject it. When we accept God’s love, our sins are washed away, we are in "right relationship" with God and we experience justifying grace. Transformation for each person comes in accepting the gift of God’s love. When we open our lives to God’s transforming power, we experience God’s sanctifying grace and we continue a lifelong journey toward holiness by following Jesus Christ. This is expressed in our lives by deepening love for God and care for our neighbors.
To learn more about United Methodist theology, see: United Methodist Church denominational website