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Westering Methodist Church

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09:00 - 13:00

Tel: 041 360 7171


What we believe

What we believe as Methodists

With all Christian churches we believe that the Apostles' Creed is a statement that embraces our faith:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Chirst his only Son our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in th Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Our focus:

Preaching the Gospel is central in Methodism. It offers salvation and calls people to respond personally to God’s love. The strength of our teaching is that it also challenges us to grow toward Christian maturity and to show that our faith is real by living holy lives. We are called to renew the world in righteousness, justice and peace according to the vision of the Kingdom of god. We place emphasis on both knowing our faith and living it out in real ways. We try to speak in plain language so that ordinary people can understand.
What we share with other Christians:
Methodists, along with other major Christian churches accept the three central doctrines of the Christian faith, the trinity, the humanity and divinity of Christ, and the doctrine of redemption. With all Christians we believe that:

  • Salvation is the work of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • The Bible reveals God’s plan of salvation and contains everything we need in order to know him, and to know Jesus Christ.
  • All people need salvation because all people are sinners and cannot save themselves.
  • Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. Through Him we are forgiven and set free from the guilt and power of sin.
  • The Holy Spirit is God, present and active in the world for its salvation.
  • Christians are those who are saved, live their lives under God’s authority and are willing to be used as His instruments.
  • The church is the community which incorporates those who are saved into its body, and bears the message of salvation. It is a fellowship of worship and praise in which the Word of God is preached and the Sacraments celebrated.
  • Salvation looks forward to its consummation in the Kingdom of God. One day evil will be destroyed, and Jesus will be the Lord of all the earth. The last enemy, death, will be no more. The victory of God’s love will triumph. Jesus Christ will come again.

Our special emphases: 

  • Grace, God’s underserved love, is central to everything He does. It is active in creation and providence. It prompts our consciences and enables us to tell right from wrong. It gives us the ability to respond to His offer of salvation.
  • God wants all people to be saved. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the salvation of the whole world.
  • Salvation must be accepted personally. It requires a definite response of repentance and turning back to God. He gave us free will. He will not violate our freedom, even to save us.
  • We are not saved by “good works”, or by our own effort, but through faith and by God’s grace alone.
  • Throughout our Christian life God continues to work in us and change us through the power of the Holy Spirit. He sanctifies us, we become more like Christ. The goal of our faith is perfect love which is attainable in this life. The Christian life is one of growing towards maturity in God’s grace.
  • Believers can have assurance that God has done, and is continuing to do his work in them. ‘His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.’ (Romans 8:16)
  • Christians must bear witness to others of what God has done and is doing in their lives, and bear testimony to his love.
  • Holiness is both personal and social. It changes not only the person, it aims to change the world. It looks forward to a society of saints in which Jesus is acknowledged as lord. Christian holiness in the social context involves not just the spiritual but also the physical and material well being of people.

Taken from Faith and Life lesson notes. 1990. Page 101, 102.

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