Knowing the beliefs of our church community is very important in understanding why we do what we do. What we believe shapes how we think, how we act, and how we respond to certain situations. What we believe about the Bible shapes how we view God, and what comes to our mind when we think of God drastically impacts our day to day lives. Below is a concise version of our belief statements as a Wesleyan Church. For more information, read the Articles of Religion of The Wesleyan Church and the Position Statements of The Wesleyan Church.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three equal and distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We call this the Trinity.
We believe that the Bible reveals the character and the desires of God and provides us with a way to know Him. It is inspired by God and is without error in the original writings. Its 66 books are the complete revelation of His will for our salvation and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
We believe that Jesus Christ is both God and man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, yet died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He physically rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts people of sin and gives life to people who confess faith in Jesus Christ. He then indwells, guides, instructs, and fills believers so that they can live God-honoring lives.
We believe that all people are created in the image of God but have fallen into sin and are therefore lost, spiritually dead, and without hope. Sin is a death sentence. Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in convicting people of sin, there is no way that people can choose to repent from sin.
We believe that the death of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only grounds for justification, forgiveness, and eternal life--no amount of good deeds can save us. The beauty of the Gospel is that, although our sin deserves punishment, Jesus died in our place; although our sin leads to death, Jesus overcame death. Therefore, by choosing to repent of sin and putting our faith in Jesus to save us, we can be made new by Holy Spirit and receive God's free gift of salvation.
We believe that the true Church is composed of everyone who through faith in Jesus Christ has been given new life by the Holy Spirit and are united in the Body of Christ, with Christ as their Head. Only members of the true Church are eligible for membership in the local church.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are unique testimonies to the saving grace that God has given to believers in Jesus Christ. They are commanded by God to be practiced within the Church. They are not, however, to be viewed as means of salvation.
We believe in the personal and physical return of our Lord Jesus Christ; our hope in His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to an everlasting relationship and joy with the Lord and of the unbeliever to judgment and an eternal and conscious punishment.