We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; Hebrews 4:12
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. These are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 43:10-11.
GOD, THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Isaiah 48:12; Ps. 95:3,6; Is. 40:21-26; Ps. 139:1-12; Jn. 7:37,38
GOD, THE SON
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return for His church and with His church in power and glory. Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:8; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20; Romans 3:25; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 20:31.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, the third Person of the Trinity. In the present age He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness, He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, He is the agent in the new birth, indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, and every believer is commanded by God to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and He bestows gifts as He wills. Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 5:18-20; I Corinthians 3:16-17.
We believe in the depravity of man, that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are therefore in need of salvation, divine redemption through personal regeneration. We believe that those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior are “saved”, “regenerated” by the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:47-48.
We believe that all believers are indwelt with the person of the Holy Spirit at the time of regeneration, given every spiritual blessing, all things pertaining to life and godliness, and empowered with the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, drawing upon the resources available through the resurrected Christ, to the end that our lives increasingly manifest the very life, character, and power of Christ. Acts 2:38, II Peter 1:3, Ephesians 1:3, Ephesians 2:1-6, II Corinthians 3:16, Romans 12:1-3, Galatians 2:20.
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who have a credible profession of faith, and have associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that the calling of the church is to be the very presence of Christ in the midst of the world, standing as a testimony of His life and character. We believe that the testimony of Christ’s life is seen most fully in the corporate expression of His life that is the church, and that when God calls people unto life with Himself He necessarily calls them into fellowship with other believers as well. Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14.
THE HOLY SACRAMENTS
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that baptism signifies and symbolizes Christian life begun. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and signifies Christian life continued. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4.
THE LAST THINGS
We believe the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal blessedness of those made righteous in and through Christ, and the endless suffering of the wicked. Mark 9:43-48; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelations 20:5-15.
Jesus commanded us to baptize one another in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and we continue this practice with great joy. Signifying acceptance of the saving work of Jesus Christ given to all who freely believe in Him as Savior, baptism is a symbol of the new covenant of grace, just as circumcision was a symbol of the old covenant.
We have do not have a baptismal built into our worship platform, Therefore we use a member’s pool when available or lake and take great joy in fully immersing all who desire to make public their declaration of faith. We can also sprinkle or pour those who may be fearful of “being dunked” or for those parents who wish to have their children baptized.
Since infants are recognized as being included in the atoning work of Christ, the Free Methodist Church does baptize children upon request of parents or guardians who, upon meeting with one of our pastors, gives assurance for the child of necessary Christian training. If parents so choose, we also offer infant dedication to the Lord, saving baptism for the child’s personal decision.
Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, whatever you term it, we believe that this act of receiving the body and blood of Christ through the eating of bread and the drinking of the cup is an important part of each person’s journey to God. It is a sign of the love and unity that the church possesses. And though we do not believe that the bread and cup are literally changed into the flesh and blood of Christ, Free Methodists do believe that Jesus, according to His promise, is really present in the sacrament.
Free Methodists practice open communion, which means that anybody who professes faith in Jesus Christ or desires to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ is welcome to receive the elements. One need not be a member of our congregation to participate in this gift from God.
Though we would not consider marriage a sacrament per se, it is a holy institution that is born in the love of God. We believe that this sacred covenant, entered into by one man and one woman, is intended to join persons together in a relationship so loving, so holy, that it affects every aspect of their life.
Our church has multiple pastors who are available to perform wedding ceremonies. Everybody who uses our facilities or staff for a marriage is expected to participate in several sessions of pre-marital counseling, conducted by the officiating minister.