At First United Methodist Church of Temple we share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities. We describe God in three persons. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
- In one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
- God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
- God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.
- Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
- Jesus is divine. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the one true way of salvation.
- God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today.
- Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
- Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
- The Holy Spirit is God with us.
- The Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
- The Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
- God created human beings in God’s image.
- Humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
- All humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
- The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
- The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
- The church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present and future disciples of Christ.
- The church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
- The Bible is God’s Word.
- The Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
- Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002)