John Wesley, the founder of a renewal movement within the Church of England, which later became the Methodist church, quoted Augustine saying:
“In essentials, let us have unity,
in non-essentials, let us have liberty,
and in all things, let us show charity (love).”
We consider the following to be essential beliefs:
God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. God is personal and dynamic. God eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, each possessing the attributes of deity.
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. The incarnate God, Jesus was both fully God and fully human. He lived a perfect life and is God’s Chosen One to bring salvation to all peoples, for all time. He willingly died on a cross to redeem us and to offer us the gift of eternal life. He ascended to heaven and will return to earth to judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, God present with us for guidance, comfort and strength. The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian, changing us, renewing us and strengthening us to accomplish the mission God has for us.
All human beings are created in God’s image and designed to be in relationship with our creator. Through sin we break our relationship with God. Only through God’s grace are we restored and reunited with God, with creation and with the persons God intends us to be.
Salvation cannot be earned. There’s no behavior, no matter how holy or righteous, by which we can achieve salvation. It’s the gift of a gracious God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation involves repentance (turning from sin) conversion (being made new) and justification (being made right with God).
Authority of the Bible:
The Bible is God’s Word to us. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the source of truth and the final authority for Christian belief and practice.
The Kingdom of God:
The Kingdom of God is the reign of God. It is revealed whenever and wherever God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven. This Kingdom is the mission and the primary task of the Church today.
The Church is an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. The Church is the people of God, filled with the Spirit of God, joined in the mission of God. God is actively working to transform the world and has chosen the Church as an instrument of this transformation. God’s intent is for all believers to be joined with the Church in this mission.
We recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Through baptism we are joined with the Church and with Christians everywhere. Baptism is symbolic of new life, a sign of God’s love and His forgiveness of our sins. Infant baptism is a covenant between God, the child’s parents and the Church. It is a commitment to inspire and nurture the faith of children, so they will grow to profess their own faith in Christ and follow Him as Savior and Lord. We celebrate baptism (or remembrance of baptism) with teenagers and adults making a public profession as a follower of Christ. We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
The Lord’s Supper (Communion):
The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
Our communion table is open to all who love Christ, repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.