About: Our Beliefs
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried, the third day He arose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy catholic* church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
*catholic Church in this context refers to the church universal.
Some doctrines and practices of Methodism are as follows:
- Christian Perfection (Holiness) – Thought Methodists never claim that such a perfect, sinless life was ever attained; they teach that it is attainable. Most important is the teaching that every Christian must strive toward perfection and should evidence some progress in that direction. Holiness should be a goal for all Methodists.
- Universal Salvation-this proclaims that Jesus died for all and that all can be saved and not just a select few. “Whosoever will let him come.”
- Justification by Faith – This belief professes that one is saved by faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ alone. One’s acts and deeds are expressions of one’s faith and not “the faith.”
- The Witness of the Holy Spirit-This asserts the inner certainty that assures one is a child of God and that God is at work in the world, as well as in one’s life bringing on the kingdom of God.
- Falling from Grace- There is a real possibility that a Christian can be lost. One can so live that one will reject God’s Grace even though they once accepted it.
- Kneeling-a common practice among Methodists is kneeling. This denotes humility before God. Methodists kneel for prayer, Holy Coimunion, baptism, and ordinations.
- Prevenient Grace-This Wesleyan doctrine projects the belief that God’s Grace surrounds and anticipates us in every crisis, from birth to death, creating and holding open possibilities of growth and healing and self-fulfillment. We cannot save ourselves, but only in the stimulus and sustenance of God’s prevenient grace can we accept God’s fulfillment.
- Methods-another practice of Methodists is their “methods”: so much time to study, so much to prayer, so much to work, to visit prisoners and the sick: a mapping out of what to do with every hour of the day, or mapping out what to do in worship and various services.