What we believe shapes how we think, how we act, and how we respond to certain situations. What we believe about the Holy Scripture shapes how we view God. And, what comes to our mind when we think of God drastically impacts our day to day lives. Knowing the beliefs of our church community is very important in understanding why we do what we do. Below you will find a concise version of our belief statements. For more information on who The Wesleyan Church is go to: www.Wesleyan.org/about.
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are given by God’s inspiration, and in the original writings they are without error. We believe the scriptures were written by God through people and therefore speak with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. They are the unique and final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the scriptures. We believe he was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven and now acts as the only mediator between God and people.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as the third person of the Trinity, is to apply the saving work of Christ. The Holy Spirit does this by bringing conviction of a person’s need for the forgiveness of Christ, regenerates their heart, and then permanently dwells in them when they believe. The Holy Spirit’s ongoing work is to guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
We believe that people were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with God. However, people have rebelled against God, actively or passively choosing their own independent way. As a result, we’re separated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin. The effects of this fall from our intended relationship with God can be reversed through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
We believe that Jesus Christ died as the substitution for the death penalty we owed. No amount of good works or human effort can restore us from our state of eternal separation from God. It is only by God’s free grace that we are saved from this state of alienation, and this grace is appropriated by a change of heart toward God’s leadership in our lives and by faith in Jesus to forgive our sins.
We believe that there is only one true Church universally composed of all people who have asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness and made Him leader and master of their lives. The diversity of all believers working together, using their gifts to build up one another, form the parts of the body of Christ, the Church. The Scripture commands believers to gather together, to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of God’s Word, using spiritual gifts to build up one another, outreach, communion and baptism. Wherever God’s people meet in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of the Church.
We believe that transformation, growth, and life change are evidence of a person’s connection to God (Gal. 5). As we continue to pursue an honest relationship with God, He will continue to change us to become more like Christ. However, it requires our willingness and intentionality. The way of Christ is simply being intentional about our spiritual growth in relationship with others who are going the same way. It includes loving God, building character, living with integrity, loving people, and being Jesus to the world.