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The United Methodist Church is a global denomination whose mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
 
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley called "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
 
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

God

God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus

We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth, and his life, death, and resurrection demonstrate God's redeeming love.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work.

Human Beings

Genesis 1:27 asserts that we've been made in the Creator's image. Like God, we have the capacity to love and care, communicate, and create. We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.

The Church

The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.

Sacraments

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments, baptism and communion. These two acts have a special place in the church because Jesus commanded them and participated in them.

God's Kingdom

The kingdom of God is both a present reality and future hope.

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