Our Beliefs

The basic beliefs of The United Methodist Church include:

  • Triune God.  One God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost).


  • Scripture.  The writings in the Old Testament and new Testament are the inspired word of God.


  • Sin.  While human beings were made in the image of God, all humans are sinners.  Sin keeps us from God and corrupts human nature such that we cannot heal or save ourselves.


  • Salvation through Jesus Christ.  God's redeeming love is active to save sinners through Jesus' incarnate life and teachings, through his atoning death, his resurrection, his sovereign presence through history, and his promised return.


  • Sacraments.  The UMC recognizes two sacraments: 
    • Holy Baptism -  the church believes that through Baptism God initiates a covenant with individuals.  It is regarded not only as a profession of faith but a means by which Christians are distinguished from others.  The United Methodist Church generally practices Baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion and recognizes baptisms from other Christian denominations. 
    • Holy Communion - the UMC affirms the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion (the bread representing His body crucified on the cross, and the cup as a sign of His blood, shed for humanity), and practices open communion.  All are invited and encouraged to participate in our celebration of the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of each month.


  • Free will.  The UMC believes that people, while corrupted by sin, are free to make their own choices because of God's divine grace.


  • Grace.  Methodists believe that God gives unmerited favor freely to all people.

Thinking about joining us?  If so, please contact the church office at 919-929-8845. We are glad to talk with you further!