About Our Beliefs
- Baptism marks the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.
- The water and the work of the Holy Spirit in baptism convey God’s saving grace, the forgiveness of our sins, and new life in Jesus Christ.
- Persons of any age may be baptized—infants, children, youth, and adults.
- A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
For Further Study:
- By Water and Spirit, the church’s official statement on baptism.
- Renewing waters: How United Methodists understand baptism
- This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy, a guide to the baptism ritual.
- A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism
The Lord’s Supper
- The Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion is another name for the Eucharist, the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving the church offers to God for all God has done, is doing, and will do to save us and renew all things in Christ.
- All who love Christ, earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another are invited to join us in offering our prayer of thanksgiving and receive the body and blood of Christ—regardless of age or church membership.
Our Faith Journey
Our journey in faith and discipleship calls us to reflect with others in the Christian community about the good news of God’s love in Christ.
On this journey we have four major sources or criteria that guide us. They are: Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason.
In thinking about our faith, we put primary reliance on the Bible. It’s the unique testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life of Israel; in the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ; and in the Spirit’s work in the early church. It’s our sacred canon and, thus, the decisive source of our Christian witness and the authoritative measure of the truth in our beliefs
Between the New Testament age and our own era stand countless witnesses on whom we rely in our theological journey. Through their words in creed, hymn, discourse, and prayer, through their music and art, through their courageous deeds, we discover Christian insight by which our understanding our faith grows and deepens.
A third source and criterion of our theology is our experience. The broader experience of all the life we live, its joys, it hurts its yearnings help us to interpret the Bible and our faith in light of our cumulative experiences.
Finally, our own careful use of reason, is a necessary tool. We use our reason for reading and interpreting the Scripture. We use it in relating the Scripture and tradition to our experience. We use our reason in relating our beliefs to the full range of human knowledge and in expressing our faith to others in clear and appealing ways.
The United Methodist Church is part of the church universal. All persons, regardless of race, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or economic condition are welcome to attend its services, to receive Holy Communion, and after taking vows, to be baptized and admitted into membership.
United Methodist preaching and teaching is grounded in Scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened by personal experience, and tested by reason.
Here is a collection of teachings by Jesus, the United Methodist Church, and John Wesley as well as the Good Neighbor Behavior Covenant.