What We Believe

Our Guiding Scripture

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything Christ has commanded us. And surely, Christ is with us always, to the very end of the age.” The Great Commission – Matthew 28:19-20

The Holy Trinity

There is but one living and true God, everlasting, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal god, of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided; whereof is one Christ, very God and very man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile us to his Father, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.
    Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature, wherewith He ascended into heaven, and there sits until He returns to judge all people at the last day.

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible Canon, Old and New Testaments, contains all things sufficient for Salvation.
We affirm all the books of the New Testament, as approved by Apostolic tradition.

Original Sin, Free Will And The Need For Salvation

All people are born with sinful nature; regardless of the ability to freely make our own choices, we are only justified to God by the Grace of Jesus Christ.

The Purpose For The Church

The Pure Word of God, the Sacraments, and services by which we are called by Christ to perform; should be visibly seen within the life of the congregation. We are called to charity, in the name of Christ, to improve the quality of life for all persons and preach the Good News.

The Holy Sacraments

We only have power through our faith in Christ and the grace it grants us. This grace is exemplified
through the acts of Baptism and Communion. The Sacrament of Baptism and Holy Communion will
not be excluded from anyone who professes a belief in Jesus Christ.

The Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that life is a holy gift of God whose beginnings and endings are set by God.
It is the particular duty of believers to protect those who may be powerless to protect themselves,
including the unborn, those with disabilities or serious illness, the aged and those who are incarcerated.

The Importance Of Family

The congregation has an active role to play in the supporting, praying, teaching and ministering life of any family in our congregation, in the name of Jesus.

On Inclusiveness

All people are created in God’s image, have special gifts, and all are welcomed in our church. No person should be discriminated against regardless of race, sex, or social belief.

On Membership Within Our Congregation

 Membership is extended to all people who have been baptized, confessed their faith, and declared Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. All people may attend and participate in the life and services of our congregation.

On Marriage Within Our Local Congregation

While affirming a scriptural view of sexuality and gender, we welcome all to experience the redemptive grace of Jesus and are committed to be a safe place of refuge, hospitality, and healing for any who may have experienced brokenness in their lives. We support the Biblical interpretation that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We affirm that all persons are individuals of worth, created in the image of God and fully included in all aspects of church life. God’s plan is for lifelong, faithful marriage. Divorce does not preclude a new marriage. We encourage an intentional commitment of the Church and society to minister compassionately to those in the process of divorce, as well as members of
divorced and remarried families, in a community of faith where God’s grace is shared by all.

Our Pastor

The pastor of our congregation is either a man or woman who has a personal faith in Jesus Christ and is committed to Christ as Savior and Lord. They have been called by God and the people of God to devote themselves to the work of ministry. They effectively communicate the Christian faith to others and accept the authority of Scripture. They possess the skills essential for making disciples of Jesus Christ. They are accountable to the church, accept its doctrinal standards, discipline, and authority. They dedicate themselves to the highest ideals of the Christian life and agree to exercise responsible self-control by personal habits conducive to the grace, knowledge, and love of God. Our Pastor is required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world and of the Word. Our Pastor abides and supports this
covenant’s description of marriage and, above all, the requirement to minister to all God’s people with
equal love and grace.

What is a Methodist?

“We Methodists refuse to be distinguished from other denominations.  We abide by the common basic principles of Christianity.  Any person who fits this pattern is a Christian no matter what you call him or her!  It is not a matter of denominational label but of being inwardly and outwardly conformed to the will of God, as is revealed in the Bible.

By these marks, we Methodists labor to distinguish ourselves from the unbelieving world, but we do not wish to be distinguished from Christians of any denomination.  As Jesus said, whoever does the will of the Heavenly Father is our brother and or sister.

And so I beg you, let all true Christians remain united; let us not divide among ourselves.  Is your heart right as my heart is with yours?  I ask no further questions; give me your hand.  For the sake of mere opinions or terms, let us not destroy the word of God.
Do you love God?  This is enough.  I give you the right hand of Fellowship.

Rev. John Wesley “The Character of a Methodist”