What We Believe

Core Beliefs

God’s Word is the standard and authority for all we do.

There is a variety of interpretations of Scripture even within the Body of Christ, the Church universal. Thus, at some point, we will always encounter theological differences among Christians who connect to us. When this happens, we fully embrace the axiom: In essentials, unity (Ephesians 4:4-6); in non-essentials, liberty (Romans 14); in all things, charity (1 Corinthians 13:2).

God’s People devote themselves to the teachings of the apostles.

For an overview of our doctrinal understandings please click here.

God’s People are called into a mutually committed community.

Members of our church commit to live in harmony with our doctrine, our Membership Covenant, and matters of church government as written in the Book of Discipline. As such, members commit to live in fellowship with one another as together we obey Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples of all people; and surrender to the Great Commandment to love God and others.

To review our Partnership Covenant, please click here.

Mankind

Every church or ministry family has certain distinguishing hallmarks.
Here are four ethos-shaping ‘pillars’ of the Free Methodist Church (USA): Wesleyan-Arminian Theological Heritage
  1. We believe that love is the motivational center of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as opposed to sovereignty and control.
  2. We believe that God intentionally made us as ‘persons’ in His own image and likeness, which includes the true ability to choose. If this is true, then not all that happens is predetermined by God. Instead, we choose and God is always responsive to our choices; redeeming poor choices and providentially working; moving us to faith and Christ-likeness.
  3. We believe that the Holy Spirit brings the light of Christ; awakening and enlightening every human being; preparing them to consider Christ.
  4. We believe that Jesus died for the sins of all humans, not for just a few whom he chose before creation. Since Jesus atoned for all, all have the possibility of being redeemed from the guilt of their sins and the power of their self-centered being. All who call on the name of the Lord (in repentance and faith) shall be saved.

The Fall

When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.

Salvation

Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.

The Church

The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Resurrection

Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth.