Basics of Our Faith

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church's life and witness.  To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

Faith is the basic orientation and commitment of our whole being-a matter of heart and soul.  Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed  especially in Jesus Christ.  It's both a gift we receive within the Christian community and a choice we make.  It's trusting in God and relying on God as the source and destiny of our lives.  Faith is believing in God, giving God our devoted loyalty and allegiance.  Faith is following Jesus, answering the call to be his disciples in the world.  Faith is hoping for God's future, leaning into the coming kingdom that God has promised.  Faith-as-belief is active, it involves trusting, believing, following, hoping.

Theology is thinking together about our faith and discipleship.  It's reflecting with others in the Christian community about the good news of God's love in Christ.

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