Antioch United Methodist Church
Friday, November 15, 2019
We worship God, grow together, and go to serve Jesus!

What We Believe

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

 

God

We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. 

We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.

We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.

 

Jesus

We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.

We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.

We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen

Christ lives today. (Christ and Messiah both mean "God’s anointed.")

We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life

and forgiveness of sins.

We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.

 

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.

We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.

We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.

 

Human Beings

We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.

We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.

We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.

 

The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.

We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.

We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.

 

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.

We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.

We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures

and the Christian Scriptures).

 

The Kingdom of God

We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.

We believe that wherever God's will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus' ministry, and

it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.

We believe that although the fulfillment of God's kingdom--the complete restoration of creation--is still to come.

We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God's kingdom will be like and a participant in

helping to bring it to completion.

We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social.

Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like.

Socially, God's vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.

 

Sacraments

With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

Baptism

Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere. Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and

forgiveness of our sins. Persons of any age can be baptized. We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring. A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in  his or her life.

The Lord's Supper (Communion, Eucharist) The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.

The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family.

By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in

mission and ministry. 

We practice "open Communion," welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.

  

If you have any further questions about our beliefs,

please feel free to contact Pastor Kevin at 833-6171. 

 

Jesus said:
"I am the door, if anyone enters by me, he will be saved..." John 10:9.

The Bible says:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13.

Prayer of Salvation:
"Dear God, I believe in You. I believe Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for my sins, and that He was buried and rose again as written in the Bible. I'm sorry for the things I've done that hurt You. Forgive me for all my sins. Come into my heart, take charge of my life and make me the way You want me to be. With Your help, I will turn away from my sins. Cleanse my heart with Your precious blood. Write my name in Your Book of Life. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank You that I am saved! In Jesus' Name, Amen."

If you prayed the prayer of salvation, we would love to hear from you!

CALL us at (417) 833-6171 or e-mail us at: antioch.methodist@mchsi.com