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There is one, true, holy God, who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God in being, character, power, and eternal qualities. Because we cannot speak literally about God we use metaphors like: God is shepherd, Bridegroom, Judge. What we know is that God is perfect in presence, power, and knowledge. We experience God who creates, sustains, judges, redeems, and loves us without condition. We believe that God reigns, though it may oftentimes seem that “principalities and powers” of evil have the stronger had, we affirm God’s present and future reign.
Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on the cross. He physically rose from the dead after three days, demonstrating God’s power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven, where He rules as our Lord and mediates between God and people. He will return again to earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time. We profess that Jesus Christ is our Savior, as the one through whom God sent to free us from our lives of sin. We call this atonement or reconciliation with God, this is only possible through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son, and is present in the world to make people aware of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing the Christian with power for living, knowledge of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing God’s will. The Holy Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation. The Holy Spirit works in transforming our lives through guidance, comfort and strength.
The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism: Baptism mark the beginning of our lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Through baptism we are joined with God, the whole of Christ’s church, and our local congregation. The water and work of the Holy Spirit in baptism convey God’s saving grace, the forgiveness of sins, and new life in Jesus Christ. Persons of any age may be baptized, infants, children, youth, and adults. We baptize in various ways: Immersion, pouring, or sprinkling. A person receives the sacrament of baptism once in his or her life. A person is encouraged to remember their baptism often.
The Lord’s Supper (Also called Holy Communion, Eucharist)
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper together allows for us to give of ourselves in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord our God. Through receiving the bread and cup, which the Spirit makes for us the body and blood of Christ, we are nourished and continually sustained on our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. We celebrate an open table which means there are no conditions of baptism or membership to receive the elements, we do however encourage all to love Jesus, earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.
Human beings are the supreme object of God’s creation, made in the image of God to be like God in character. Although we have tremendous potential for good, everyone is marred by an attitude of rebellion toward God called sin, which separates people from God. Human beings are incapable of beginning or maintaining a relationship with God through our own knowledge or effort. God’s supreme desire is for humanity to be completely restored to the original image God (Imago Dei) designed for us.
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Human beings can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin’s penalty and enjoy the blessing of a personal relationship with God.
God created people to exist forever. Every person will either exist eternally in union with God through the salvation offered through Jesus Christ (heaven), or exist eternally separated from God by sin (hell).
The Bible, comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s Word to all. As God’s word we believe the writers of the Bible were filled with the Holy Spirit, therefore the Bible is God inspired. We hold that God was at work in the process of canonization during which the most faithful and useful books were adopted as Scripture. We hold that the Authority of scripture derives from the movement of the Holy Spirit in times past, and in our reading and study of it today. We put the Bible to work by studying it, using it in services of worship, and primary source for guidance to faith and life.
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 for the transformation of the world. 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.
Faith and Practice
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Holy Spirit, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, to whom the believer is ultimately responsible.
Membership isn’t required to attend Pleasant Grove UMC. We do recognize that membership is a significant step in the journey of Christian discipleship. If you have questions about membership please feel free to contact the Pastor.