Alta United Methodist Church

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        WHAT WE BELIEVE 

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WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus was the Son of God, the child of the virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit, truly God and truly Man, who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us and by him all persons will be judged.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT THE CROSS?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that sin separated all persons from God. Jesus' death on the cross was an atoning sacrifice, making possible our forgiveness and reconciliation with God. To repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ are the only requirements for one to receive that forgiveness and reconciliation made possible by Jesus' death.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT SIN?

The official United Methodist doctrine is this: because of rebellion against God going all the way back to Adam, all persons are inclined toward sin and selfishness. Sin means missing the mark of God's righteousness; it means to be in rebellion against God, to disobey his laws.

A person by strength of will power alone cannot forsake sin and please God. Only through an intervention of God's grace can a person overcome sin and become part of the Kingdom of God.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT JUSTIFICATION?

The official United Methodist doctrine is this: when a person repents of sin and trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, that person is forgiven of sin and receives the gift of eternal life (right relationship with God). The Holy Spirit takes up residence in that person, teaching and equipping him or her to he a disciple of Christ, and confirming that the person is indeed a child of God.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus' physical body became alive again after three days in the grave.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT THE TRINITY?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that God is one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT THE BIBLE?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that the Bible was inspired by God and contains all things necessary for salvation. When read under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is our true rule and guide for faith and practice.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELL?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus will judge the living and the dead. Those who have not accepted Jesus' offer of forgiveness and new life are at risk of living apart from him for all eternity. Jesus Christ alone is empowered to judge one's eternal destiny.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT THE SECOND COMING?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that Jesus Christ will return again in glory, bringing human history to a close, and inaugurating his Kingdom in all its fullness.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that the Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convinces the world of sin, and leads persons to a response in faith to the gospel. The Holy Spirit is the Christian's primary teacher, comforter, and source of power.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT BAPTISM?

The official United Methodist doctrine is that the baptism of believers signifies repentance and forgiveness of sin, new birth, and the entry into Christian discipleship.

Young children, with or without baptism, are under the atonement of Christ and as heirs of the Kingdom of God are acceptable subjects for Christian baptism. For them baptism is a symbol of God taking the initiative toward them. Their baptism should be followed by Christian nurture within the church. Hopefully, they will be led at a later time to receive the gift of salvation through profession of faith in Christ.


WHAT DO UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION?

Holy Communion (or the Lord' s Supper) is a faithful remembrance of the suffering and death of Christ and a celebration of love within the Church. Those who in faith eat the broken bread and drink the cup partake of the body and blood of Christ in a spiritual manner until He comes in glory.