As a members of The United Methodist Church we believe...
The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
The Bible is God's Word written, inspired, infallible, and without error in the original manuscripts, and is the unique, full, and final authority on all matters on which it bears. The New Testament interpretation of the Old Testament, both factually and theologically, represents an authoritative way of interpreting the Bible. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
There is one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Son: Our Lord Jesus was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary. Before His incarnation, He existed in the form of God and of His own choice laid aside His divine glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. He was put to death by crucifixion, buried and on the third day arose from the dead. After His resurrection, He showed Himself alive to His disciples and others for 40 days. After this, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for His children.
We believe that all who have trusted in Jesus Christ are regenerated, baptized, sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13), and that He fills (controls) those who obey the Lord and separate from sin (Ephesians 5:15-21). We believe the Holy Spirit gifts all believers for service (Romans 12:6-8); that certain gifts were intended to confirm the message and ministry of the Apostles; and that because the Bible was completed at the end of the first century AD, the purpose of these gifts has been achieved (Hebrews 2:1-4).