WHAT WE BELIEVE
WHO WE ARE
We are followers of Jesus Christ who through the Wesleyan tradition participate in God’s saving work in the world.
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Being loved and changed in Christ and loving and changing the world with Christ.
OUR CORE VALUES
Love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength
Love one another as we love ourselves
Search the Scriptures and obey God’s Word
To be Christ-Centered in all we do
Welcome all of God’s children with joy and openness
Be a response of God’s love in both tangible and intangible ways to people in our community and world
WHAT WE BELIEVE
… in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We affirm that God is known and experienced as the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
… that Jesus is the incarnation, the very embodiment of God’s loving presence and power. We maintain that Christ is both fully human and fully divine. We affirm Christ’s saving work on the cross and that through his life, death and resurrection, “God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
… the Holy Spirit works within personal experience and in the life of the Christian community to make God’s redemptive love a tangible reality in our lives and in the world.
… the Bible is God’s written word that reveals the character of God. We believe that it contains the truth about God, about life, and about the relationship between God and all of creation.
… that Grace is the undeserved, unearned, un-repayable gift of the God who loves us enough to meet us where we are, but loves us too much to leave us there. Grace is the love of God at work within us to transform each of our lives into a unique expression of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ, so that we become participants in God’s transformation of the world.
… that the church is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is the body of Christ which worships, serves, and lives the life of faith together. The church is the community that is called to live now as if God’s future has already come.
… that the kingdom of God is both a present reality and a future hope. God’s kingdom is breaking in upon the world bringing peace and justice, compassion and hope, and the fulfillment of all God’s purposes. Wherever God’s power is, there too is God’s Kingdom.
(Thank you to Hyde Park UMC for the use of their “What We Believe” material)