What Does A United Methodist Christian Believe?
We share a common heritage with other Christians. We
believe: ~ that God has mercy and love for all people.
And we mean all people.
~ in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
~ in salvation through Jesus Christ
~ in celebration of the sacraments: baptism and the Lord's
Supper (Holy Communion)
The sources of our faith include:
~ The Bible
~ Our Confession of Faith
~ The United Methodist "Book of Discipline"
~ The work of theologians and educators
~ The writings of the founder of United Methodism,
We believe that four things guide our beliefs:
1. The Primacy of Scripture
This format allows United Methodists to understand
the historic Christian faith and to learn how to live
it out in our contemporary world! For example, through
our study of the Scriptures and through our application
of reason, tradition and experience, we believe the
* We believe in human dignity.
* We believe that God gives each person dignity and
moral responsibility. The full splendor of humanity
is seen in God's personal revelation, Jesus Christ.
* We believe in tolerance.
* We believe that while United Methodism retains
much from its heritage, it acknowledges the virtues
of different points of view, even within the same community
In matters that do not strike at the heart of Christianity,
we think and let think" -John Wesley
* We believe in the primary importance of Grace.
Grace [God forgiving and loving us, even though we
don't deserve it] is God's loving action in human lives
through the Holy Spirit. It is the spiritual climate
and environment surrounding all human life.
United Methodists believe in "Prevenient" Grace.
Prevenient means "goes ahead" or "runs
ahead." This is the Grace, the divine love that
runs ahead of our conscious impulses and leads our
hearts toward faith.
*We believe in Conversion and New Birth.
* We believe that the human heart can change, through
the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
* We believe in Faith and Good Works.
* We believe you cannot have one without the other.
Personal salvation leads to involvement in Christian
mission in the world. Faith compels to reach out to
each other in love.
* We believe in the Sacraments.
Like most other Protestants we recognize only those
sacraments in which Jesus Christ himself participated:
Baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion).
For us, baptism is the sacrament of initiation that
joins us with the church and with Christians everywhere.
It is a symbol of new life, a promise of God's saving
love, a sign of God's forgiveness of our sins. Both
infants and adults can be baptized. A person receives
the sacrament only once in his or her life. Water is
the special symbol of baptism. We baptize by sprinkling,
immersion, or pouring.
The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine
that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. The Lord's
Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of
Jesus and celebrates the unity of all members of God's
family. By sharing the meal, we remember and give thanks
for Christ's sacrifice for our sins.