We take seriously what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are very intentional about what and how we teach our children, youth and adults. Throughout our Sunday School and Small Group Ministries, you will discover that we have thought through what is taught and when and how it correlates to what we believe. Below is a compilation of what is taught in our children and youth programs and the beliefs, goals and theology that underpins what is studied in our small groups.
We are created in the Image of God and it is reflected in our diversity.
We live in a broken world and separate ourselves from God and each other (Sin).
God is always seeking to redeem us and the world and draw us to Godself and to each other (ultimate act of Jesus Christ). We are made new through Jesus Christ.
God works in and through us, the church, and this world through the Holy Spirit.
The church is the instrument that Jesus Christ speaks and works through the world today.
The General Rules of the United Methodist Church are simple but not easy:
Do No Harm
Do Good – Matthew 25: 31-46
Practice the Means of Grace to stay in love with God (prayer, discipline/fasting, worship/communion, study of scripture, Holy Conferencing/practicing the presence of Jesus with others
God’s Grace is all encompassing: Prevenient, Justifying, Sanctifying.
Prevenient Grace is grace given when we are unaware; Justifying Grace is grace that is received when we are made aware of our sin and repent; and Sanctifying Grace is grace that is provided to develop maturity in our love.
Scripture is read and understood through the lenses of tradition, experience and reason (personal and corporate).
We worship God in community.
Sacraments are a tangible sign of an intangible grace of God.
Much of life is sacramental, but we celebrate two Sacraments:
1)Baptism (Infant, Adult, and Baptismal Remembrance)
2)Communion which is God’s table and therefore open to all.
We live a life of holiness, through God’s grace, that is both personal and social and that glorifies God.
God works in our lives to make us Perfect in Love (Deuteronomy 6:4-5/Leviticus19:18 and The Great Commandment).
Our Covenant as Members
We renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of our sin;
We accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
We confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as our Lord;
We remain a faithful member of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representative in the world;
We will be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in our power to strengthen its ministries;
We will faithfully participate in its ministries by our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness;
We receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
We profess our belief in the established creeds (i.e. Apostles Creed)