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Basic United Methodist Beliefs

BASIC UNITED METHODIST BELIEFS
GOD'S LOVE INCLUDES EVERYONE (Universal Atonement)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

This is the most important truth in the world – God loves each of us, whoever we are, whatever our lot in life! Every one of us can say, “I am loved by the Creator God.”

THOUGH TRAGICALLY SEPARATED FROM GOD BY SIN, WE CAN BE SAVED THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST! (Salvation By Faith)

“and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

Steps to Salvation from Sin:

  1. Admit we have sinned – “For all have sinned an fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
  2. Realize that we cannot save ourselves – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your won doing: it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one my boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  3. Acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only Savior – “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
  4. Receive Christ by faith as our personal Savior – “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
GOD'S SPIRIT BRINGS ASSURANCE THAT WE BELONG TO HIM!(Witness of the Spirit)

“It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:15)

For some, this confidence dawns gradually. For others, it is a sudden discovery at the moment of faith. Each of us can be assured of our acceptance with God! The “Witness of the Spirit” is more than an emotion that we feel, or a voice that we hear. It is an inner confidence that God is faithful, and that God does indeed keep his promise with us! This inward confidence is confirmed by outward change – i.e., a new style of life.

“We know we have passed from death to life because we love one another.” (I John 3:14)



A LIFE DOMINATED BY PERFECT LOVE IS THE GOAL OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE.(Perfect Love)

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

To live in “perfect love” is to seek God’s will in every situation, and to desire the best for every individual. It is not a physical attraction, nor a mere friendly feeling. It is unending goodwill, even to the most unlovable. “Perfect love” is both an experience of the heart and a way of life in the world. The Holy Spirit desires to perfect God’s love in us and through us.