LOVE, KNOW, SERVE, SHARE GOD
Wesley Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by you or laid aside for you,
exalted for your or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven.
Chuck Knows Church Episode 44: "John Wesley".
UNITED METHODISTS BELIEVE
WE BELIEVE that God is understood in three distinct forms. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
WE BELIEVE in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe. We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was cricified. We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. We believe that Jesus is our savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is God with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently.
WE BELIEVE that God created human beings in God's image. We belive that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
WE BELIEVE that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today. We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transormation of the world. We believe that the church is "the communion of saints," a community made up of all past, present and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God's Word. We believe that teh Bible lis the primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe tht Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
Adapted from What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Theology. Copyright 2002, Discipleship Resources/United Methodist Handbook-UM Communications
Know God. Buy a good study Bible and learn the grand sweep of the Bible's story of salvation, including a basic timeline of Biblical events. Understand how to read it for personal spiritual growth. Value the church as the Body of Christ, God's people journeying in the community. Understand characteristics of United Methodism and how to apply Christian faith and ethics: justice, integrity, peace and responsibility for the well-being of others.
Serve God. We are instruments of God's love in a broken, hurting world, living lives of service to others with a strong (though not exclusive) focus ont he Bible's concern for the poor and for justice. Spiritual Gifts, financial gifts and time are all resources to Serving God.
Love God. What we mean is, surrender every aspect of your life to Jesus. Be transformed by the Holy Spirit. Practice Spiritual Disciplines. Grow in the inner qualities and actions identified as "the Fruit of the Spirit" (Galations 5:22-23). Share faith journeys with groups of Christian friends with encouragement, accountability and honesty.