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GOD -  We believe in one God, who is infinite in wisdom, power and love.  We affirm our trust in God as the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things, the One who comes to us as the Holy Spirit.  We believe that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us a clear, full and true revelation of God.

JESUS CHRIST - We believe in Jesus, the Christ - the promised Messiah and Deliverer, our Savior, and the Savior of the world.  We believe that Jesus lived a life that was truly human and truly divine.  He was tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.  He lived in perfect obedience to God.  The unmatched depth of God's love is revealed within the life and ministry of Jesus' preaching, teaching, and healing and in his suffering, death, and resurrection.  We affirm the faith of the early Christians that Jesus is the Lord.  We believe that the living Christ is present with us and that through faith in Christ we experience the joy of salvation.

HOLY SPIRIT - We believe in the Holy Spirit as God present with us for guidance, comfort, and strength.  We affirm the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives, inspiring those qualities known in the New Testament as "The Fruit of the Spirit....love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control"  Likewise, the Holy Spirit inspires gifts that are to be used for our mutual upbuilding. 

FORGIVENESS - We believe in the reality of sin and in the forgiveness of sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins [God] who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Forgiveness re-establishes a broken relationship and enables us to begin again.  Just as God forgives us, we are expected to forgive others.

SCRIPTURE - We believe that the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments is "the sufficient rule, both of our faith and practice".  We believe that the Bible was written by people who were inspired and challenged by the Spirit of God. 

CHURCH - We believe in the church as a community of faith and love and as a fellowship for worship, study, and service of all who are united to the living Lord.  The church is more than a place, a building, and an institution.  The church is present when we come together as a gathered community, as well as when we express our faith in witness and service in the world about us. 

KINGDOM OF GOD - We believe in the kingdom of God, as the divine rule in human society.  We are called into fellowship with God, and with one another to the end that the divine will can be expressed in and through us. 

ETERNAL LIFE - We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting.  We have here, through faith in Christ, a glimpse of that which shall be revealed.  We believe that eternal life is not simply an extension of life beyond death, but it is also a quality of life in Christ lived here and now. 

GRACE - We believe in the primacy of grace.  Grace is God's self-giving love bestowed on us quite apart from our having deserved it.  God's love is freely given to us, not because we have earned it but because we need it. 

SACRAMENTS - The United Methodist Church recognizes two Sacraments ordained by Christ - Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

BAPTISM - celebrates God's grace bestowed on us and our initiation into Christ's holy church.  Baptism marks the beginning of our new life in Christ and points us toward a life of Christian discipleship.  We celebrate Infant Baptism.

HOLY COMMUNION - or the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist - celebrates God's love freely given to us in the life and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.  The Lord's Supper is God's invitation to commune and to be in fellowship with Christ.  It also symbolizes our fellowship with other Christians.  Holy Communion is the central act in our corporate worship experience.  All are welcome to the Lord's Table. 

The above is a partial list taken from the United Methodist Primer; Custer, Chester, 2005 Revised Edition, Discipleship Resources, Nashville, TN, (p56-60)

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