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Our Beliefs. White River Methodist Church

We Believe

We believe in the Trinity, Biblical authority, salvation through the atoning death of Jesus Christ, good works as the fruit of faith and regeneration, the second coming of Christ, bodily resurrection of the dead, and the final judgment.

Baptism – We believe that water baptism is a symbol of the new covenant of grace and signifies acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ. By means of this sacrament, believers declare their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.

Bible – We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant and superior to all human authority. Scripture contains all instruction necessary to salvation.

Communion – We believe the Lord’s Supper, when received in faith, is God’s means of communicating grace to the believer’s heart.

God the Father – We believe the Father is “the source of all that exists.” In love, he seeks and receives all penitent sinners.

Holy Spirit – We believe of the same nature as the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, acts to regenerate, sanctify and glorify. He guides, comforts and enables the believer.

Jesus Christ – We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died on the cross for the sins of humanity. Christ rose bodily from the dead and today sits at the right hand of the Father where he intercedes for believers.

Marriage – We believe human sexuality should be expressed only within the bounds of marriage, which is a monogamous relationship between one man and one woman. Further, marriage is the God-designed framework for the birth and rearing of children.

Salvation – We believe Christ’s atoning death on the cross provided the only salvation from sin. Those who have reached the age of accountability must repent of their sins and express faith in Christ as their Savior.

Second Coming – We believe Jesus Christ’s return is certain and imminent. It should inspire holy living and sharing God’s message with others. On his return, Jesus will fulfill all prophecies made about him in Scripture.

Trinity – We believe the Trinity is one living and true God, in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is omnipotent, wise, good, and eternal.

We accept The Apostle’s Creed as a time tested declaration of belief in the Christian faith. Therefore, we recite or read it when a person is being baptized – symbolizing their faith in Jesus Christ.

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, and the Life everlasting. Amen.

It is the oldest creed of the Christian church and is the basis for others that followed. In its oldest form, the Apostles’ Creed goes back to at least 140 A.D. Many of the early church leaders summed up their beliefs as they had an opportunity to stand for their faith—see, for example, 1 Timothy 6:12. These statements developed into a more standard form to express one’s confession of faith at the time of baptism. It is not Scripture, but it is a simple list of the great doctrines of the faith.

The word “catholic” means “relating to the church universal” and was the word used in the original version of the Creed. It does not mean the Roman Catholic Church, but the church, the body of Christ, as a universal fellowship.