What do we believe?
"In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all beliefs we have charity." - John Wesley, Founder to the Methodist movement
We believe in the Trinity.
There is One true God who exists eternally in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory.
Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and died on the cross to atone for our sins. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and will return again to earth.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as the leader of our lives and the forgiver of our sins, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. He provides us with power for living, enables us to understand spiritual truth, and guides us in doing what pleases God.
Through the truth of the Bible we come to know more about God. By reading and studying the scripture we are guided in our daily walk as we seek the wisdom of the Father for our lives. In the pages of the Bible we can encounter God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the grace of God extended to all who humbly seek His forgiveness. Grace can not be earned. We believe in prevenient grace which is God's grace present in all of our lives as God constantly seeks us. We recognize justifying grace which brings us into a close relationship with God. We believe in the transformation that occurs in us because of sanctifying grace.
As believers in Christ we recognize that prayer is essential to communicate to God. It a spiritual practice that deepens our faith walk and can change the world.
We believe Holy Communion is a sacrament. Holy Communion is a meal of bread and cup shared by the family of Christ. Through it the Holy Spirit nourishes and sustains us on our faith journey. It reminds us of Christ's sacrifice in giving up his body and shedding his blood for our salvation. And it is a celebration of or our life together as the living body of Christ in and for the world around us. All people are welcome to receive Holy Communion in our church.
We believe water Baptism is a sacrament to be observed by the Church today, a means by which we experience God's grace. First Methodist offers three modes of water baptism which have been practiced throughout church history: immersion, pouring, and sprinkling. We baptize both adults and infants, claiming God's grace as greater than our personal commitments. Any prior baptism in a Christian church is recognized by our church.