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Methodist Doctrine

Methodist Doctrine:

God is all-knowing, possesses infinite love and goodness, is all-powerful, and the creator of all things.God has always existed and will always continue to exist.God is three persons in one, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.God is the master of all creation and humans are meant to live in a holy covenant with him. Humans have broken this covenant by their sins, and can only be forgiven if they truly have faith in the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.Jesus was God on Earth (conceived of a virgin), in the form of a man who was crucified for the sins of all people, and who was physically resurrected to bring them the hope of eternal life.The grace of God is seen by people through the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in their world.Close adherence to the teachings of Scripture is essential to the faith because Scripture is the Word of God.Christians are part of a universal church and must work with all Christians to spread the love of God.Baptism is a sacrament or ceremony in which a person is anointed with water to symbolize being brought into the community of faith.Communion is a sacrament in which participants eat bread and drink juice to show that they continue to take part in Christ's redeeming resurrection by symbolically taking part in His body (the bread) and blood (the juice). People can only be saved through faith in Jesus Christ, not by any other acts of redemption such as good deeds (we cannot possibly earn our way into heaven).

 

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