There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, the Son of God is the true and eternal God, of one substance with the Father. Jesus took on human nature in the womb of Mary so that two whole and perfect natures, divine and human, were joined together in one person, never to be divided. Therefore, Christ is both God and human. Christ truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of people. Jesus rose from the dead in body and ascended into heaven, and there He remains until his return to judge all people at the last day. People are justified before God only by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by faith, and not by our own works or effort.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, the true and eternal God.
The Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not found in Scripture, nor may be proved by Scripture, is not to be required of anyone that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought necessary for salvation.
It is repulsive to the Word of God and the custom of the early church, to have public worship in the church, or to share the Sacraments, in a language not understood by the people.
Sacraments ordained by Christ are not only tokens of faith, but rather they are means of grace by which God performs an inner work in us to enliven, strengthen and confirm faith. There are two Sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the Gospel; Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
(These Statements of Belief have been adapted from the Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church, 1808. For more information about the United Methodist Church - our beliefs and our practice of the Christian faith click here. )