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About - What We Believe...

ABOUT GOD:

We believe in one true, holy and living God, Eternal Spirit who is the Creator, Sovereign, and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. He is infinite power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of men, to the glory of His Name. We believe the One God reveals Himself as the Trinity: which is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence power.

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST:

We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly God-man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. He is the Eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering Servant, He lived, suffered and died on the Cross. He was buried and rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with the Father, from whence He shall return. He is Eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, and by Him all men will be judged.

THE HOLY SPIRIT:

We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from and is one in being with the Father and the Son. He convinces the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He leads all men through faithful response to the Gospel into the fellowship of the Church of Jesus Christ. He comforts, sustains, and empowers the faithful and guides them into all truth.

THE HOLY BIBLE:

We believe in the Holy Bible. We believe that the Old and New Testaments reveal the Word of God as far as it is necessary for our salvation. It is to be received through the Holy Spirit as the true rule and guide for faith and practice. Whatever is not revealed in or established by the Holy Scriptures is not to be made an article of faith nor is it to be taught as essential to salvation.

THE CHURCH:

We believe the Christian Church is the community of all true believers under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe it is one, holy, apostolic, and catholic. It is the redemptive fellowship in which the Word of God is preached by men divinely called from God, and the Sacraments are duly administered according to Jesus Christ’s own appointment. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit, the Church exists for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers and the redemption of the world.

SIN AND FREE WILL:

We believe man is fallen from righteousness and apart from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is destitute of Holiness and inclined to evil. Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” In his own strength, and without divine grace, man cannot do good works pleasing and acceptable to God. We believe man, however, influenced and empowered by the Holy Spirit, is responsible in freedom to exercise his will for good.

RECONCILIATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST:

We believe God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. The offering Christ freely made on the Cross is the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, redeeming man from all sin, so that no other satisfaction is required.

THE SACRAMENTS:

We believe the sacraments are ordained by Jesus Christ, which are symbols and pledges of the Christian’s profession and of God’s love toward us. They are means of Grace by which God works invisibly in us, quickening, strengthening, and confirming our faith in Him. There are two Sacraments that are Ordained by Christ, our Lord, namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

We believe Baptism signifies entrance into the household of faith, and is a symbol of repentance and inner cleansing from sin, a representation of the new birth in Christ Jesus and a mark of Christian discipline.
We believe children are under the atonement of Christ and heirs of the Kingdom of God and are acceptable subjects for Christian Baptism. Children of believing parents through baptism become special responsibility of the Church of Jesus Christ. They should be nurtured and led to a personal acceptance of Christ, and by profession of faith confirm their Baptism.

We believe the Lord’s Supper is a representation of our redemption, a memorial of the sufferings and death of Christ, and a token of love and union which Christians have with Christ and with one another. Those who rightly, worthily and in faith eat the broken bread and drink the blessed cup partake of the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior in a spiritual manner until He returns to take us Home with Him.

WHAT BAPTISM MEANS:

In Holy Baptism, God imparts the gift of the new life unto people, receives them into fellowship as God’s children, and admits them as members of the Christian Church. There are three parties involved in Baptism: God, parents, and the church. When a person is being Baptized and they confess their faith in Christ and resolve to give up whatever is evil in their life, then God through the Holy Spirit opens the way into a new and better life. Also Jesus said that “you must be born again, to enter into the Kingdom of God.” So there are two things a person must do: Be “Born Again,” and be “Baptized.” This Christian way takes place in the church, and it is through the minister of the church of Jesus Christ, that the new Christian is received into this great community.

So often as we witness a baptism, we only think about the visible participants, meaning the candidates for baptism and the minister. But unless God is active in the process, it is not complete; it is not sacred; it is not a sacrament.

In “Infant Baptism,” the baby being Baptized is dedicated to the Lord by parents, guardians, grandparents, or sponsors, and God receives the child into God’s Realm through the ministries of a Christian pastor. In one order of Baptism of infants we find these words spoken by the pastor:

“Dearly beloved, Baptism is an outward and visible sign of grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which grace we become partakers of His righteousness and heirs of life eternal. Those receiving the Sacrament are thereby marked as Christian Disciples, and initiated into fellowship of Christ’s holy church. Our Lord has expressly given to little children a place among the people of God, which holy privilege must not be denied them. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, how He said, ‘Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them: for to such belongs the Kingdom of God’.”

As United Methodists, we believe both in “Infant Baptism” and also in “Adult Baptism.” We accept all three historical forms of Baptism: “Sprinkling, Pouring, and Immersion.” We also accept Baptisms performed in other Christian churches. We do not “Re-baptize.” We do however recommit ourselves to the covenant in special services such as “Confirmation, Communion, and Reaffirmation.”