What We Believe
 
United Methodists affirm the historic Christian faith as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.

WE BELIEVE in the Triune God, the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father/Creator, who brings creation into existence, upholds and reveals the ways of life that make for peace and wholeness, and ever works to heal and transform life through the power of love.
God the Son, Jesus Christ, the firstborn of a new creation who through his life, death and Resurrection saves us and all creation from the power of sin and death.
God the Holy Spirit, who comforts, sustains, guides and empowers us to participate in God’s life and mission in the world.

WE BELIEVE every person is a beloved child of God.
•Whom
God created in God’s divine image, with inherent worth and dignity.
•Who confronts and suffers the distorting and destructive effects of sin in this life.
•Whom
God has reconciled in the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, defeating the powers of sin and death.
•Whom
God seeks to make holy and whole, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, transforming us into Christlikeness.

WE BELIEVE in the Church as the community called to be instruments of God’s presence and coming reign in Jesus Christ.
•Where people worship
God joyfully, proclaim God’s Word faithfully and share the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.
•Where all people are welcomed and nurtured as
God’s sons and daughters.
•Where people are initiated into
Christ’s body and nurtured toward Christian maturity through worship, prayer, study, fellowship and service.
•Where the light of
God’s love, justice and peace exposes and overrules evil, injustice and sin.
•Where we participate in
God’s mission of inviting, preparing and enlisting disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world and to follow the risen Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, into the hurting places of the world and among the outcasts and the forgotten.

WE BELIEVE in the Bible as God’s revealed Word.
•Authoritative in matters of faith and practice.
•Containing the story of
God’s mighty acts of salvation in creation, in faithful engagement with people through the ages and supremely in Jesus Christ.
•The primary source for understanding the nature and purposes of
God.
•Interpreted in the power of the
Holy Spirit present in the community of faith.

WE BELIEVE in the final triumph of God’s reign of compassion, justice, generosity and peace.
•Anticipating the firstfruits made possible today through the power of the
Spirit and the reign of Christ.
•Discovering a renewed creation where sin, suffering and death are overcome and
God’s victory is complete.
•Celebrating with all the faithful who are raised to live eternally in
God’s loving presence.
•Extending
God’s love to the whole creation, with God’s mercy redeeming all of God’s works, all that God loves.

--
Bishop Kenneth L. Carder
Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic (universal) church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

*Traditional use of this creed includes these words: "He descended into hell."
Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
The Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
True God from True God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father;
through Him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
He came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day He rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen
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The Lord's Prayer

Our father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever. Amen.