What We Believe
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.
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 Son: The Son is Jesus the Christ, our Savior, who came to earth to restore fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. Jesus is the human face of God. Everything about Jesus reveals God, his presence, his words, his healing touch, his forgiving glances, and his death and resurrection. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully human and fully divine. He lived a perfectly sinless life. He willingly and obediently suffered and died on a cross to demonstrate God’s love and to provide salvation to humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides all human beings the means to be reconnected to God. Jesus was physically resurrected from the dead and ascended to heaven where he rules as Lord and absolutely authority over our lives. Jesus will return to the earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is a coequal, coeternal member of the Trinity and is God with us. The Holy Spirit attracts us to the Son so that we are able to recognize him as the Messiah, our Savior. The Spirit enables us to proclaim that God is our Father. The Spirit enables our faith, gives us gifts to serve, moves us toward holy living (the fruit of the Spirit), and gives unity to the church. The Holy Spirit progressively transforms us into the image of Christ and is actively working in the world to bring about God’s redemptive plan for all people and all creation. The Spirit is the mystery of God’s love alive in the world. In the Bible the Spirit is referred to as wind, fire, water, and comforter.
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.
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.
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. Read more
When a married couple is estranged beyond reconciliation, even after thoughtful consideration and counsel, divorce is a regrettable alternative in the midst of brokenness. We believe divorce does not preclude a new marriage. “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:9 (NRSV)
The beginning of life and the ending of life are God-given boundaries of human existence. Our belief in the sanctity of unborn life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. However, in continuity with past Christian teaching we recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion. We cannot affirm abortion as an acceptable means of birth control, and we unconditionally reject it as a means of gender selection. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
We do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches. However, we believe that homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth and that God’s grace is available to all. So we commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons. “Don’t fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshipers, adulterers or homosexuals—will have no share in his Kingdom. Neither will thieves or greedy people, drunkards, slanderers, or robbers.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Death with Dignity…
We recognize the agonizing personal and moral decisions faced by the dying, their physicians, their families and their friends. Therefore we assert the right of every person to die in dignity, with loving personal care and without efforts to prolong terminal illnesses merely because technology is available to do so. “If we live, we are living for the Lord, and if we die, we are dying for the Lord. So living or dying, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8 (NCV)
Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are only clearly affirmed in the marriage bond. “Honor marriage, and guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between wife and husband. God draws a firm line against casual and illicit sex.” Hebrews 13:4 (Mess)
We believe that as an act of faith and concern, Christians should abstain from gambling and should strive to minister to those victimized by the practice. “Wealth from gambling quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.” Proverbs 13:11 (LB)