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What We Believe

The Bible

We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God and are the  primary authority for faith and practice. They were written by ordinary people guided by the Holy Spirit, to reveal God’s love and plan of salvation for all.

God

We believe in one God who externally exists in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in essence, power, and character.  The Trinity models relational living for us so that God’s very being is unity in community. God is more intimate with us than we are with ourselves. God is the creator, preserver  and ruler of all things visible and invisible. Human understanding of God is limited by our vocabulary and imaginations and so all attempts to fully describe God are inadequate and lacking thus God remains a holy mystery. God is love, offering perfect justice, mercy and truth. God is neither male nor female but embodies qualities of both and possesses them without limit. God personally desires to be in relationship with us. Read more

The Church

We believe the church is the extension of Christ’s life and ministry on the earth. It is made  up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In the Bible it is referred to as the Body and Bride of Christ and the Family and Building of God. The church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God wholeheartedly and love others as themselves. All believers are gifted, empowered and sent by the Holy Spirit to serve the church’s mission to reach the world.

Human Beings

We believe all human beings are created in the image of God. Thus we are created for purpose, relationship, and holiness. We are created with free will that gives us the power to choose. We also believe all human beings are tainted by a willful disobedience from God called sin. Sin separates us from God and all that we were created to be. But God’s grace is greater than our sin. It is through our willingness to totally yield and submit ourselves to grace we find from Jesus death on the cross that we too are resurrected into brand new lives. We also believe deeply in human equality but recognize an incredible diversity that is a gift from our creator. We see the Christian life as a journey toward perfection (the full love of God, others and self). It comes from total obedience to the Father by living the lifestyle of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. As human beings we seek naked, honest, vulnerable and raw questions, arising out of the awe that comes from engaging the living God.

Social Issues

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. It’s members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Thus, the church as a whole has adopted what we call the Social Principles which are a prayerful and thoughtful effort to speak to human issues in the contemporary world from a sound Biblical foundation. PEACE church supports these Social Principles and we have listed some of which may be of interest below. If you would like a copy of the complete set of Social Principles of the United Methodist Church please contact us and we would be glad to
mail you a pamphlet.