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     The United Methodist Church is a Protestant denomination which seeks to create disciples for Christ through outreach, evangelism, and through seeking holiness through the process of sanctification. With a focus on triune worship, United Methodists seek to bring honor to God by following the model of Jesus Christ, which is made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. The flame in the church logo represents the work of the Holy Spirit in the world, which is seen in believers through spiritual gifts. The two parts of the flame represent the predecessor denominations, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren, and are united at the base symbolizing the 1968 merger.

The basic beliefs of The United Methodist Church include:

  • Triune God.
    God is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost).

  • Scripture.
    The writings in the Old Testament and New Testament are the inspired word of God.

  • Sacraments.
    The UMC recognizes two sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.

  • Inclusively.
    The UMC includes and welcomes people of all races, cultures, and ages.

  • Free will.
    The UMC believes that people, while corrupted by sin, are free to make their own choices because of God's divine grace.

  • Grace.
    The UMC believes that God gives unmerited favor freely to all people, though it may be resisted.

Other beliefs include:

  • God is all-knowing, possesses infinite love and goodness, is all-powerful, and the creator of all things.

  • God has always existed and will always continue to exist.

  • God is the master of all creation and humans are meant to live in a holy covenant with him. Humans have broken this covenant by their sins, and can only be forgiven if they truly have faith in the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.

  • Jesus was God on Earth (conceived of a virgin), in the form of a man who was crucified for the sins of all people, and who was physically resurrected to bring them the hope of eternal life.

  • The grace of God is seen by people through the work of the Holy Spirit on their lives and in their world.

  • Close adherence to the teachings of Scripture is essential to the faith because Scripture is the Word of God.

  • Christians are part of a universal church and must work with all Christians to spread the love of God.

  • People can only be saved through faith in Jesus Christ, not by any other acts of redemption such as good deeds.

To learn more about the Methodist denomination visit UnitedMethodistChurch.org.