What We Believe
As a United Methodist congregation, we believe that our lives as followers of Jesus are not just about how God comes to us but also about how God works through us.
Personal faith is very important and is to be lived out in concrete ways in the world. The love we receive through our relationship with Jesus Christ compels us to love our neighbor and ourselves just as we are unconditionally loved and offered ample grace.
Methodism is founded on a history of intellectually engaged believers who hold themselves to the standard that Jesus set for us. We are to be the Body of Christ in the world and we are not asked to check our brains at the door.
Methodism is not a doctrine heavy denomination, which means that Methodists sitting next to each other in worship, or working next to each other on a mission trip, may not agree on substantive issues. While we have a passionate faith with strong convictions, we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We ask questions, wrestle with difficult issues, and respect our brothers and sisters who may believe differently than we do. We believe we are stronger because we are not all alike.
In the words of Frederick Buechner, we invite you to,
“Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all. Amen, and come Lord Jesus.”
Click HERE to read our First Church Affirmation of Faith
If you would like to read more about United Methodist beliefs, click HERE.
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