What We Believe

"United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit.  Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God's coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven."  (Book of Discipline, p.101)

 

As United Methodist Christians, we are a part of the universal church of Jesus Christ.  We share much in common with other denominations and expressions of the Christian faith.  So, what is unique and defining about the United Methodist Church?

 

We begin with grace...

God reaches out to us before we can understand, recognize, or earn God's favor.  God is at work in our lives from birth, moving us to a deeper relationship throughout our lives.  One of the symbols of baptism is the promise of God's grace before we can do anything to try to earn it.  Our Communion table is open to all, a sign of God's inviting grace to all who need mercy and forgiveness.  We begin with God's gift to us!

 

We respond to God's gift with a life of discipleship...

We are a "holiness" people.  We respond to God's grace by giving our lives back to God, who will transform us more and more into the likeness of Christ.  We are more concerned with faithful living than right believing.  We have a variety of theological views in our church, and this diversity is exciting and interesting.  What binds us together, however, is our desire to show the world Christ through our lives as Christians and our lives as community.

 

We know that if God changes us on the inside, it will show on the outside...

We are a people whose founder, John Wesley, claimed that the "world is our parish."  We do not isolate ourselves from the world, but are fully engaged in transforming the world around us.  We know that our faith is more than personal, it is intended to show the world the love of God revealed in Christ.  So we reach out in many ways in mission, service, evangelism, and care.

 

We are a thinking people...

We invite people to grow in their understanding and deepen their faith in community.  We never stop learning and growing, and we are never afraid to ask the hard questions.  We look to scripture as the foundation of our Christian faith, and desire to open ourselves up to God's Word revealed through scripture.

 

We are a worshiping people...

Nothing that we do together is more important than corporate worship.  We worship in joyful and meaningful ways.  With God as our audience, we bring our best praise each week to show our gratitude and to be transformed by God's promised presence.

 

We are a loving people...

Despite, or maybe because of, our diversity, our love of each other gives the world a glimpse into God's Kingdom.  We would love to have you come be a part of our community of faith as we journey together into God's future for us.

-Used by permission

Pastor Kent Ingram

First UMC, Colorado Springs, CO 

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