We are a congregation of the United Methodist Church, a global denomination with roots in the Wesleyan/Methodist movement of the 18th century.    Full a full and detailed list of all United Methodist Doctrine and Beliefs, check out this website: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe   For a snap shot of what we believe about God, keep reading.  

We believe:

God

In the one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinite in love, perfect in judgments and unchanging in mercy. God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

Scripture

In the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testaments, the only written Word of God, without error in all it affirms. The Scriptures are the only infallible rule of faith and practice. 

Humankind

That human beings were created in the image of God. This image was marred in every part through disobedience and sin, and fellowship with God was broken as a result. However, God offers a measure of grace which restores moral sensibility to all humankind and enables all to respond to God’s love and to accept God’s saving grace, if they will;

Jesus Christ

That Jesus Christ is God’s Son incarnate, born of the Virgin Mary. He died for the sins of all. Though dead, Jesus was raised to a full, bodily resurrection, after which he revealed himself to the disciples and many others. Forty days later, He ascended to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us. We believe Christ will return in final victory, will resurrect the dead in Christ, and establish God’s perfect reign on earth, as it is in heaven. 

Holy Spirit

That the Holy Spirit is God present and active in the world. The Holy Spirit was given to the church at Pentecost and the Spirit continues to dwell within believers of every age. By the Spirit, Christ lives in His church, the gospel is proclaimed and the kingdom of God is manifested in the world;

Grace

That God, out of love for humanity, offers grace to all.  First, God extends prevenient grace, which is a grace that comes before we ever choose God.  Prevenient grace enables sinful people to respond to God’s gracious invitation. When human beings repent of their sin, and put their trust in the work of Jesus to save them, they experience justifying grace. Thereby, believers receive forgiveness for  sin and their broken relationship with God is made right.  As believers walk with God in faith, they receive sanctifying grace, and are transformed into the likeness of Christ. That doesn’t mean Christians become faultless, or ever move become the temptation of sin, but the Holy Spirit makes it possible for believers to live with whole-hearted love for God and others. 

The Church

That the Church is the people of God composed of all those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Church is Christ’s body and can be seen in the world wherever believers hear the word, receive the sacraments, and live as disciples. We observe two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.  We practice infant and adult baptism. We affirm baptisms from other Christian denominations. We believe in an “open communion table,” which means all are invited to participate, regardless of membership or church affiliation. We believe God calls all Christians to be formed in communal life, through participation in a local church. The church is the avenue through which the Holy Spirit transforms hearts, minds and lives. We believe the Spirit gifts every believer with spiritual gifts to serve the mission of God and the body of Christ. We do not believe God gifts men and women differently, and we affirm the roles of women and men in all forms of Christian leadership.