About United MethodisimThe ABC's of Becoming a Christian
Admit you are a sinner, that you have done what God says is wrong and have failed tolove God, neighbor, even your self as you should.
Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, and rose again from the dead.
Call upon Jesus in prayer, inviting Him to be your Savior and Lord. You may pray a prayerlike this from your heart: Lord Jesus, I confess I am a sinner, and need you to saveme. Please come into my life and make me brand new inside. Amen!Follow up steps:
#1 Tell someone what you have done. Feel free to call me @479-754-2643 or 2642.
#2 Find a fellowship of Christians to help you grow in your faith.
#3 Read your Bible on a daily basis. Start with the Gospel of Matthew, and work your way through the New Testament. If you don't have a Bible call our church @479-754-2642 and we will get you one.
#4 Pray. Just talk to God like you would to another person. God is waiting to hear from you.
#5 Start a journal. Take a spiral notebook and write down God's answers to your prayers, the things God shows you, the things you are thankful for.
Major United Methodist Beliefs:
#1 In God the Father, as Creator of Heaven and Earth.
#2 In Jesus Christ as His only begotten Son, who was born
of the Virgin Mary.
#3 That Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, that He gave up His
perfect life for us by dying on a Roman cross as a full and
sufficient sacrifice for the forgiveness of all sin.
#4 That Jesus Christ was dead and buried, and that He rose
from the dead, appeared to His disciples as well as 500
other people at the same time.
#5 That after His resurrection Jesus ascended into Heaven. From
there He sent the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of all who believe
#6 That the Holy Spirit gives us guidance, comfort, and strength so that
we may live a Christ-like life.
#7 That the Bible is the written word of God, and contains all that we
need to know for salvation from sin, and on how to live in obedience
to the will of God.
#8 That it is vital for Christians to be involved in public corporate worship,
in doing good deeds that show one's faith, and being engaged in the
spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and charity.
Distinctive Things About United Methodism#1 We practice open communion. By this we mean that any Christian, regardless of denomination affiliation, is welcome to take communion with us. Generally we celebrate communion the first Sunday of each month.We also celebrate communion each Wednesday evening at our Prayer Chapel service at 5:30.
#2 We practice open baptism. By this we mean that we will accept your baptism, no matter what denomination you were baptised in. We both accept and practice baptism by any of three ways: sprinkling, pouring and immersion. The only exception to this open baptism is Mormon baptism, because of Mormonism's understanding of baptism.
#3 We are an episcopal denomination. By this we mean we have bishops [the English equivalent of the Greek episcopos]. These bishops have appointment authority in their conferences, meaning that they appoint pastors to local congregations. Local congregations can neither hired nor, fire pastors. A pastor can only be moved to another congregation by the bishop.
How To Join Our ChurchYou can join our church in one of four ways:
#1 By transfer of letter of membership from another United Methodist Church.
#2 By transfer of membership from another denomination.
#3 By affirmation of faith in Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you have not been baptised prior to this affirmation you will need to do so.
#4 By attending a class called "United Methodism 101." This class can be scheduled at your convenience. This class gives you the basics of what it means to be a Christian United Methodist.
To schedule an appointment with the pastor to talk about joining call 479-754-2642 or 2643. Thank you.