Even though the mystery of God will always be beyond our human comprehension, Methodist Temple believes that God has been revealed to our faith in three distinct ways. First, God is our Creator, and He is the source of all life. Second, God's character and nature have been revealed to us through Jesus Christ. In Jesus, we discover a God who loves unconditionally and yearns to heal all of creation. Finally, God touches each of our lives in a personal way. Sometimes God will speak dramatically through visions or dreams. Other times, God communicates with us through an inner yearning for meaning or even through the reading of scripture and other devotional materials. We believe God has created us, continues to love us, and seeks to impact each of us in a personal way.
To say the obvious, salvation is a very complex, Christian word. The term, or its close equivalent, has appeared almost 500 times in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Surprisingly, the majority of those instances refer to the healing of this world rather than the afterlife. Jesus himself gives us a vivid example of this in the Lord's Prayer. He invites us to pray, "That the things on earth would become as they are in heaven." Thus, our church community believes that salvation focuses on the transformation of our lives and this world to reflect the mind and spirit of Jesus Christ.
As United Methodists, we trace our heritage back to the work of John and Charles Wesley. Originally, the term 'Methodist' was meant to ridicule our faith's methodical commitment to living a Christ-like life. This included helping the poor, visiting prisoners, and proclaiming God's love for all people. We believe it is important to honor our history by continuing to serve and care for the vulnerable, hurting, and marginalized people in our community.