We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe the Holy Spirit guided and directed human authors to create God’s written means of communication with us, which reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity. The Bible is God’s blueprint for living the Christian life and is our source for faith and practice.
We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power and eternal qualities.
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior who came to earth in the flesh to reveal God to humans and to restore all of fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. We believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; he is both fully human and fully God. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and embodies the truth about God and the Truth of God. Jesus willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humans and to provide salvation for all humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides all humans the means to be reconnected with their loving Creator. We believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven, where he rules as our Lord (absolute authority) and advocate. Jesus will return to earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the divine personhood of the Holy Spirit as an equal part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God present, living within each follower to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the change agent in the lives of Jesus’ followers, illuminating God’s word for understanding and application in the life of each. The Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation.
We believe the Church (also known as the Body or Bride of Christ in scripture) is a spiritual organism made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who are called to live in fellowship and worship together. We believe in the priesthood of all believers: everyone in relationship with Christ is gifted, empowered and called to serve within God’s mission to reach the world. The Church is God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people.
Holistic Christian Discipleship/Formation
Our United Methodist heritage has a rich understanding of Christian discipleship/ formation. We believe that Scripture calls us to transform hearts and minds which give rise to transformed relationships with individuals, society, and the world. Thus Christian discipleship/formation is both inward and outward, both personal and social. Early Methodists called the inward/personal Acts of Piety and the outward/social Acts of Mercy. “Acts” are to be understood as disciplines practiced by a disciple.
Acts of Piety include the disciplines of devotion like daily scripture reading, prayer, journaling, and regular fasting. In addition, Acts of Piety include the discipline of public worship.
Acts of Mercy encompass a disciplined commitment to works of compassion and works of social justice.
Such holistic discipleship/formation is necessary if the church is to fulfill her mission to reach the world for Christ and to be God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people.
Christ UMC is committed to equipping people to grow in holistic, Christian discipleship/formation.