What We Believe
Excerpts from the Book of Discipline:
Our Doctrinal Heritage
Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate
in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history
in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the
Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of
God's coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on
earth as in heaven.
Our heritage in doctrine and our present theological task focus
upon a renewed grasp of the sovereignty of God and of God's love in
Christ admid the continuing crises of human existence.
Our forbears in the faith reaffirmed the ancient Christian
message as found in the apostolic witness even as they applied it
anew in their own circumstances.
Their preaching and teaching were grounded in Scrupture,
informed by Christian tradition, enlivened in experience, and
tested by reason.
Their labors inspire and inform our attempts to convey the
saving gospel to our world with its needs and aspirations.
Our Common Heritage as Christians:
-With other Christians we recognize that the reign of
God is both a present and future reality.
-We share with many Christians communions a
recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith, the
confession that our justifaication as siiners is by grace through
faith, and the sober realization that the church is in need of
continual reformation and renewal.
-With other Christians, we declare the essential oneness
of the church in Christ Jesus.
Basic Christian Affirmations:
-We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the
mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
-We share the Christian belief that God's redemptive
love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit,
both in personal experience and in the community of believers.
-We understand ourselves to be part of Christ's
universal church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we
become conformed to Christ.