Community United Methodist Church

What We Believe

At Community United Methodist Church, we believe in the power of extraordinary, transforming life through Jesus Christ.  We believe that life is better, in all its ups and downs,  when it is lived with God.  We believe that you matter to God and He wants every person to have a real, personal everyday relationship with Him.  We are committed to teaching the truth of God’s Word and its awesome ability to help us live a life of meaning & purpose.

We Believe….

That the Holy Bible is the inspired, Word of God. It’s true & without Error.  (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:19-21)

That God is Trinity —  Father,  Son & Holy Spirit (I John 5:7, John 1:1, 2, 14)

That man fell through disobeying God (Romans 5:12, 19)

That Jesus Christ died to redeem us (Titus 2:14, Galatians 3:13)

That salvation is through grace (Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 3:23, 24)

That repentance and acceptance are vital (I John 1:9, John 6:37)

That new birth must be experienced to become a child of God (John 3:3, II Corinthians 5:17)

In a daily Christian life (I Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 6:1-3)

In water baptism & the Lord’s Supper (Romans 6:4, Acts 2:41, I Corinthians 11:23b-28)

That Jesus Christ will come again (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17)

That the Church is responsible to evangelize and make disciples (Mark 16:15, John 4:35-37)

 

The church is not a modern invention! It was founded 7 weeks after the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem when God poured out his Holy Spirit on the disciples to bring the Gospel message of Jesus Christ into all the world. As a United Methodist congregation we stand rooted in the tradition of this church that was founded by the Apostles and spread throughout the ages into our time. The Methodist movement started in 18th century England where a Christian awakening started with the ministry of John Wesley, a pastor in the Church of England. The Methodist movement understood itself as a central stream of Christian spirituality and doctrine and loyal heirs of the authentic Christian tradition. John Wesley did not intend to start a new belief system but promoted nothing but “the old religion, the religion of the Biblethe religion…of the whole church in the purest ages”.  ( The Book Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2008, p.50.)  Therefore the gospel is seen as grounded in the biblical message of God’s self-giving love revealed in Jesus Christ. 

            The United Methodist Church came into being in 1968 when the Methodist Episcopal Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Book of Discipline spells out the doctrinal standards of those two churches. These doctrinal standards ultimately are grounded in God’s Word and are the basic beliefs of each United Methodist congregation.

The statements above represent the way our congregation expresses the faith as we have received it through “the old religion, the religion of the Bible”: