Values & Beliefs
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.
The foundation of Christian living is faith in Christ. Faith is the central loyalty that gives purpose and direction to our lives. This faith does not happen overnight. It’s a journey. There are ups and downs — and sometimes long flat stretches where we seem to be stalled in our journey. We cannot say that some people are “ahead” in the journey of faith and others “behind.” Faith is not something we possess by degrees.
The journey is complex, different for each traveler. Surrounded by the love and encouragement of the community of believers, we persevere on the journey of faith, ever trusting, believing, following and hoping. Excerpted from The United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised and Expanded by George E. Koehler, pp. 62-63.
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