We believe and profess the historic Christian faith as contained in the Old and New Testament scriptures. God created the universe, but through humanity’s fall into sin, creation was subjected to imperfection. The Bible tells the story of God and humanity working together to find a solution to the problem of sin. In the Old Testament, God make a covenant with Abraham and his descendents to bless them, and in return, they were expected to be a witness to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, Abraham’s descendents, the Israelites, did not remain faithful to God.
In response to Israel’s failure, God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to live the life of a human being. In his lifetime, Jesus fulfilled the law and finished it by allowing himself to be nailed to a cross by Roman officials. Three days later, Jesus was physically resurrected from the dead. Through the work of Christ, all people have the opportunity to be forgiven of their sins and be reconciled into a relationship with God.
United Methodists have a distinctly Wesleyan theology, which means we believe that God is at work in a person’s life from the beginning, drawing that person closer to God until he or she is ready to make a decision for him or herself. When a person chooses to commit to and follow Christ, they are justified of their sin through Christ’s atoning death on the cross. A person’s spiritual journey continues after that first commitment, because God continually works in partnership with the new Christian to mold him or her into God’s image. Sanctification is the process whereby a person grows more and more like Christ.
The best way to summarize our theology is with the Apostles’ Creed.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.