What We Believe

We are United Methodists. #BeUMC

Our Mission

The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

United Methodist Faith

The United Methodist Church shares a great deal with other Christian denominations. We believe God offers us grace and salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We believe that God is always seeking the salvation of all people and that God loves all the people of the world. We believe that God’s grace is there for anyone who wants to receive.

 

Our United Methodist Beliefs

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Basic Christian Beliefs

Like many other Christian groups, we affirm the beliefs expressed in the Apostles Creed. These include:

  • The belief in one God, who is the Creator and sustainer of the universe.

  • The belief in the Trinity, that there is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • The belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is fully human and fully divine.

    Apostles’ Creed

 

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What does it mean to be a Christian?

Jesus said that God so loved the world that whoever believes in Jesus will have everlasting life with God. (John 3:16)

We believe it is by God’s grace (God’s unearned love for all of us) that we have an eternal joyful relationship with God. 

We experience God’s grace in three ways. Prevenient Grace, Justifying Grace and Sanctifying grace.

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God’s Grace: Prevenient, Justifying and Sanctifying

United Methodist describe grace in three different ways:

  • Prevenient Grace – God loved us even before we knew it. God has always been seeking a relationship with us.
  • Justifying Grace – We can trust in God’s promise that if we believe in Jesus Christ we have life eternal.
  • Sanctifying Grace – It is God’s goal, through grace, to make us grow in faith and love each day.

 

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The Source of our Beliefs

Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience are the sources for our beliefs as United Methodists. We believe the Bible contains all things necessary for salvation. 

But we also believe that the Bible must be interpreted to be understood. We do that through tradition, reason and experience.

 

The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is a means of grace in which, through the use of water, we are marked with the seal of Christ and welcomed into God’s family. 

United Methodists baptize persons at any age believing that baptism is a grace gift from God. We baptize by sprinkling, pouring or immersion. 

We do not perform re-baptisms as we believe that baptism never needs to be repeated. God’s love is always with us.

 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

 Holy Communion is a means of grace where, through bread and cup, we experience the holy mystery of Christ with us.

First UMC usually communes on the first Sunday of the month and at a number of special services.

United Methodists have an open table. Anyone is welcome to share in communion with us if they desire to seek Christ.

 

Learn More

The Articles of Religion

The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church. One of our faith statements and doctrinal standards.

The Confession of Faith

The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren who merged with the Methodist Church in 1968 to form the Untied Methodist Church.

UMC.ORG

The national website of the United Methodist Church.

Iowa Annual Conference

The Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief. One the world’s premier relief organization.

Reconciling Ministries Network

A network of UMC churches, individuals and organiations who welcome and accept all persons including LGBTQIA+ persons into the full life of the church.