Beaverton First United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Thinking . Loving . Praying
A United Methodist...
What’s different or distinctive about being a United Methodist?
"There are no exclusively United Methodist doctrines. Although we have distinctive emphases, we have no affirmations that are not also believed by other Christian groups. United Methodists have traditionally proclaimed the following emphases: the availability of God’s grace for all; the essential unity of faith and works; salvation as personal and social; the church as a community of Christ’s disciples who seek to share in God’s mission; the inseparability of knowledge (intellect) and vital piety (devotion to religious duties and practices) as components of faith; Seeking holiness of heart and life both as individuals and in our society; a cooperative ministry and mission in the world, often referred to as ‘connectionalism’; the link between Christian doctrine and Christian living."
What We Believe
"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. "
"John Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason."
John Wesley believed in this credo:
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
John Wesley described some distinguishing characteristics in his 1742 "The Character of a Methodist":
"The distinguishing marks of a Methodist are not his opinions of any sort. His assenting to this or that scheme of religion, his embracing any particular set of notions, his espousing the judgment of one man or of another, are all quite wide of the point." ... "But as to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think. So that whatsoever they are, whether right or wrong, they are no distinguishing marks of a Methodist."
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