What United Methodists believe
United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God as known to us in Jesus Christ and who is ever at work in human history through the Holy Spirit. We gather together as God’s people to praise God through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
As a Household of Faith, Christ’s Holy Church, we believe:
That God has mercy and love for every person.
In a triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ.
In celebrating the Sacraments.
In these and many other ways, United Methodism affirms within “the communion of saints” our oneness in Christ.
United Methodists share four main guidelines for belief. These guidelines help them understand their faith, and include:
Scripture – the primary source for Christian doctrine
Tradition – the passing on and receiving of the gospel among people and generations – a dynamic element of Christian history
Experience – claiming Christian witness as our own through truths revealed in Scripture that we have experienced in our own lives
Reason – our quest for reasoned understandings of Christian faith by which we seek to grasp, express, and live out the gospel as a thoughtful person seeking to know and follow God’s ways.
These guidelines are interdependent and allow for variety in individual theology. United Methodists allow for the possibility that there is virtue in differing points of view within the same community of believers.