Our Beliefs

With Christians of other traditions and denominations, we confess belief in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This confession embraces the biblical witness to God’s activity in creation, encompasses God’s gracious self-involvement in history, and anticipates the final coming of God’s reign.  We say one of two creeds in our worship every Sunday – the Apostles’ and the Nicene – and they are the “standard” creeds of all Christian churches, no matter what denomination they represent.

The created order is designed for the well-being of all creatures and as the place of human dwelling in covenant with God.  As sinful creatures, however, we have broken that covenant, become estranged from God, wounded one another and ourselves and wreaked havoc throughout the natural order.  We stand in need of redemption.

Christian Roots

Theologically, United Methodists are middle-of-the-road.  One author has called us “the extreme center,” and you will find us usually between more liberal Christian groups (like the Episcopal Church) and more conservative ones (such as Southern Baptists, Pentecostals, and Fundamentalists).  The United Methodist Church, and Saint Paul’s, seek to be both Christ-centered and open-minded in our practice and our beliefs, focusing on the basics of the Christian faith in the Protestant perspective and leaving the rest to opinion.

Learn how United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians.

According to our foundational statement of beliefs, United Methodists share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities.
 
John Wesley and the early Methodists emphasized Christian living, putting faith and love into action.