What do United Methodists Believe?
We believe what most Christians have always believed in most places. Our doctrines are based primarily on the teachings of the Scriptures, as interpreted through Tradition, Experience and Reason. They are summarized in the United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶ 103 “Our Doctrinal Standards and General Rules.” United Methodists hold firmly to the historic doctrines of:
- The Holy Trinity – One God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- The full Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ
- The Resurrection of Jesus
- Original Sin
- Justification by faith
- Human freedom and responsibility
- Sanctification – personal growth in grace, holiness and love, both instantly and gradually, by the work of the Holy Spirit in us.
- The return of Jesus Christ at the end of history
- The sure hope of eternal life in the glory of heaven for all who repent and believe the Gospel, and the terrible warning of eternal punishment for those who do not.