“In essentials, we have unity. In non-essentials, we have liberty. In all things, we have charity.” - John Wesley, founder of Methodism
In the Trinity.
We know the one true God as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In his nature God is three-in-one, living in perfect unity and love.
We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that God is sovereign, ruling over the universe...and beyond. We believe that God is love and reaches out to us, wanting us to know him and experience his mercy.
In Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus is the divine Son of God who has come among us, living as a man and dying when he was crucified on a cross. Jesus defeated sin through his sacrificial death and he defeated death by stepping from the tomb. He is our living Lord and Savior. Through him we can receive forgiveness of sin so we can live an abundant life, patterning our lives after his.
In the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us, among us, and in us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
By Grace through Faith.
Through sin we turn away from God, stuck in a life filled with frustration futility. Sin is inescapable except through the power of the Holy Spirit who wants us to turn around and discover our Father's open arms. There’s no behavior, no matter how holy or righteous we might think it is, that makes us "good enough." In most of life we’re accustomed to earning approval from others. This is true at school, at work, in society, even at home. We may feel that we have to act “just so” to be liked or loved. But God’s love, or grace, is given without any regard for our goodness. It’s undeserved, unconditional, and unending love. We can trust that God loves us - he sent his son to show us. This trust is another word for faith. God takes the initiative in grace and we respond through faith.
Growing in Grace.
We are a work in progress. Conversion is only the beginning of the new life of wholeness. As disciples, we follow Jesus, continuing to grow and mature, becoming like him in the way we think and live and love.
We believe that the church is the embodiment Christ's presence in the world. We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God, to support each other, and to serve the world.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe that Christians need to know and study both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Reign of God.
We believe that the kingdom of God, the reign of God, is at work in our world. We believe that wherever God’s will is done, the kingdom of God is present. You recognize it where people find welcome, reconciliation, restoration, healing, and justice. We believe that the reign of God results in both personal and social transformation. We believe that one day heaven and earth will be one, all existing under the authority of God. We believe that the church is called to be both a witness to the vision of what God’s kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere. Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins. Because it is a work of Jesus's grace, persons of any age can be baptized. Because it is a work of Jesus's grace, a person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in their life.
Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ given for us and to us. The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world with his love. We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.