What do United Methodists Generally Believe?
God has revealed himself to be the living and true God, perfect in love and righteous, existing eternally in the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Scripture is an essential part and trustworthy record of God’s self-disclosure in Jesus Christ. All the books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, are the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. They are to be interpreted according to their context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through them in living power.
God freely created the world, making man and woman in his own image, that they might have fellowship with him.
The only mediator between God and humankind is Christ Jesus our Lord, God’s eternal son, who fully shared and fulfilled our humanity in a life of perfect obedience. He revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, reconciling us to God.
The Holy Spirit, through the proclamation of the gospel, renews our hearts, persuading us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit we are led to trust in divine mercy, whereby we are forgiven all our sins, justified by faith alone through the merit of Christ our Savior, and granted the free gift of eternal life.
God, by his Word and Spirit, creates the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, which exists in many denominations, calling sinners out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ’s Body. By the same Word and Spirit, God guides and preserves for eternity that new, redeemed humanity, which, being formed in every culture, is united with the people of God in all ages.
God graciously adopts people into the church. As we are led by the Spirit, we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping his commandments and endeavoring to live in the world that all may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
The Church is summoned by Christ to offer acceptable worship to God and to serve God by preaching the gospel and making disciples of all nations, by tending the flock through the ministry of the word and sacraments and through daily pastoral care, by striving for social justice, and by relieving human distress and need.
God’s redemptive purpose will be fulfilled by the return of Christ to establish his glorious kingdom on earth.
People who respond to the invitation of God, to receive salvation through Jesus Christ, under the ministry of the Holy Spirit, receive abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven.