The Holy Trinity
Genesis 1:1-2; Matthew 28:19
There is but one living and true God, the maker and preserver of all things. In the unity of this Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in eternity, deity, and purpose, everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness.
God was himself in Jesus Christ to reconcile man to God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, He joined together the deity of God and the humanity of man. He is our Savior, the one perfect mediator between God and men.
His Resurrection and Exaltation
Jesus Christ is risen victorious from the dead. He sits as our exalted Lord at the right hand of God the Father. He will return to judge all men.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. Proceeding from the Father and the Son, He is one with them, the eternal Godhead; equal in deity, majesty, and power.
His Work In Salvation
The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the salvation planned by the Father and provided by the Son's death, Resurrection, and Ascension.
His Relation to the Church
The Holy Spirit is poured out upon the church by the Father and the Son. He is the church's life and witnessing power. In relation the world His is the Spirit of truth, and His instrument is the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
The Bible is God's written Word, uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit. It bears unerring witness to Jesus Christ, the living word. The Bible has authority over all human life. It teaches the truth about God. His creation, His people, His one and only Son, and the destiny of all mankind. It also teaches the way of salvation and the life of faith. Whatever is not found in the bible nor can be proved by it, is not to be required as an article of belief or as necessary to salvation.
A Free and Moral Person
God created man in His own image, innocent, morally free and responsible to chose between good and evil, right and wrong. By the sin of Adam, man as the offspring of Adam, is corrupted in his very nature so that from birth he is inclined to sin. He is unable by his own strength and work to restore himself in right relationship with God and to merit eternal salvation. God, the Omnipotent, provides all the resources of the Trinity to make it possible for man to respond to His grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Good works are the fruit of faith in Jesus Christ, but works can not save us from our sins nor from God's judgement.
Doctrine is what the church believes.
This is what the Free Methodist Church believes:
What does it mean to be Free?
What does the Free Methodist Church do?
Uniquely Free Methodist
Free Methodist Church of North America
Luke 24:46-48 Christ offered once and for all the one perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. No other satisfaction for sin is necessary; none other can atone.
Psalm 32:1-2; Philippians 3:9
Justification is a legal term that emphasizes that by our new relationship in Jesus Christ we are in fact accounted righteous, being free from both the guilt and the penalty of our sins.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Regeneration is a biological term which illustrates that by our new relationship in Christ we do in fact have a new life and a new spiritual nature capable of faith, love and obedience to Christ Jesus as Lord. The believer is born again. He is a new creation. The old life is past; a new life has begun.
1 John 3:1-3
Adoption is a filial term full of warmth, love and acceptance. It denotes that by our new relationship in Christ, we have become His wanted children freed from the mastery of both sin and Satan. The believer has the witness of the Spirit that he is a child of God.
The Christian may be sustained in the growing relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord. However, he may grieve the Hoily Spirit in the relationships of life without returning to the dominion of sin. When he does, he must humbly accept the correction of the Holy Spirit and trust in the advocacy of Jesus, and mend his relationships.
Matthew 16:15-18; Acts 2:41-47
The Church is created by God; it is the people of God. Christ Jesus is its Lord and Head; the Holy Spirit is its life and power. Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, that it should be holy and without blemish. The Church is a fellowship of the redeemed and the redeeming, preaching the word of God and administering the sacraments according to Christ's instruction.
The Holy Sacraments
Water baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion) are the Sacraments of the church commanded by Christ.