United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:
God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We cannot describe God with certainty, but we can put into words what God does and how we experience God's action in our lives. If we have difficulty in imagining who God is or in relating to God, there's a simple solution: Remember Jesus - for in the New Testament picture of Jesus, we see God. For more, click here:
Jesus the Christ
We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth, and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God's redeeming love. Read more here:
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it is the Holy Spirit at work. Want to know more? Click here:
We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. The authority of Scripture derives from the movement of God's Spirit in times past and in our reading of it today. Learn more here:
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 church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as we grow in faith. Learn more here: .
The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments: and . These two acts have a special place in the church because Jesus commanded them and participated in them.
Through the years, Christians have used other sacramental acts to draw closer to God. While we do not recognize these others as sacraments, we participate in many of them in some way.
OUR FAITH IN PRACTICE