Trinity United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Living as, and leading others to become, Disciples of Jesus Christ

What We Believe



What We Believe About God

 
We Believe in the one God who created the universe and all it contains.  We are never outside the presence of God and God seeks to be in relation with God's creation.
 

What We Believe About Jesus

 
We believe that God became flesh in Jesus Christ and walked the earth as a human being in order to remove the barrier of sin that separates us from God.  Jesus was fully human and fully divine.  Through Jesus, God knows what it means to live and die as a human being.  That God would choose to experience life and death as a human being is the ultimate testimony of God's love for humanity and God's creation.  Jesus was resurrected after his death, ascended into heaven and will return again.
 

What We Believe About the Spirit Of God

 
We experience the work of God in the world through the power of God's Spirit.  It is the Spirit that makes us constantly aware of God's presence.  It is the Spirit that seeks to draw us into relationship to God by making us aware of our need for God in our lives.  It is the Spirit that allows us to experience the salvation bought with the blood of Christ and the Spirit that continues to work in our lives after we have experienced that salvation.  It is the Spirit that makes the Church the Body of Christ.
 

What We Believe About the Church

 
The Church is made up of all Christians everywhere.  There are not classes of Christians, some "born again" or "evangelical" and some not.  God's Spirit has made all Christians into the Body of Christ, the living presence of Christ on Earth.  
 
To live as the Body of Christ, is: 
To live each day in the faith that this is God’s world and that for God all things are possible; 
To accept that God can and will enable us to live as the Body of Christ if we allow that to happen; and As the Body of Christ, to offer Christ to all we encounter by what we say and how we live and minister in the world.
 

What We Believe About the World and Our Relationship To the World

 
God created the World and declared it good.  The world remains God's creation and is not a place to be escaped or to be raptured away from.  As Christians, we are called to live in the world but not be of the world.  That means that we are to live in the world as the Body of Christ and not according to the dictates of culture, government or self interest.  Christ, as well as many other scriptures from the Old and New Testaments, calls us to welcome the stranger, help those in need of food and shelter, care for those who are sick or helpless and to reach out to those who are in jail.  By definition, Christianity is "organized religion" because it calls its members to be in relationship with the world.  Our relationship with Christ is supposed to enable us to be in ministry, and is not an end in and of itself.  We experience the eternal life promised by Christ in the here and now, not at some far away time.
 

What We Believe About the Bible

 
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that prayerful study of the scriptures can help us hear the Word of God for our lives.  The Bible is the standard for our faith and practice and contains all that is necessary for salvation.  We do not believe that the bible is a Science text and deny the use of scripture to seek to disprove science. 
 
For a more detailed statement of United Methodist Beliefs and Doctrine, go to umc.org.