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United Methodist Theology

As a United Methodist Congregation, we believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe in the triumph of God’s reign of compassion, justice, generosity and peace.  *Theology is thinking together about our faith and discipleship. It’s reflecting with others in the Christian community about the good news of God’s love in Christ.

  

 

 

Communion

We believe communion is the celebration of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross to take away the sins of the world. As United Methodists, we believe strongly in an OPEN communion table which means EVERYONE is welcome, regardless of age, gender or church membership. ALL are welcome.  *The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.

 

Baptism

Baptism is one of two Sacraments in the United Methodist Church,the other being Holy Communion. Baptism is all about belonging. *Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins. Persons of any age can be baptized. We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.

If you have questions about baptism or being baptized, Pastor Torger can help you.

 

 

About the Bible

We believe in the Bible as God’s revealed Word.  *In thinking about our faith, we put primary reliance on the Bible. It’s the unique testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life of Israel; in the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ; and in the Spirit’s work in the early church. It’s our sacred canon and, thus, the decisive source of our Christian witness and the authoritative measure of the truth in our beliefs.

*In our theological journey we study the Bible within the believing community. Even when we study it alone, we’re guided and corrected through dialogue with other Christians. We interpret individual texts in light of their place in the Bible as a whole. We use concordances, commentaries, and other aids prepared by the scholars. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we try to discern both the original intention of the text and its meaning for our own faith and life.

 

God's Unconditional Love

We believe that every person is created by and loved by God, and that sin disrupts and brings destruction to that relationship.

Through Jesus Christ, the Son, we are reconciled with the loving Father.

  

 

 

*Excerpted from "United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised," George Koehler (Discipleship Resources, 2006), pp. 61, 64-65, and from the http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/reflecting-on-our-faith website