What we believe

  • The Bible

    We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and are the primary authority for faith and practice. They were written by ordinary people guided by the Holy Spirit, to reveal God's love and plan of salvation for all. All things necessary for healing and salvation are contained in the Bible.

  • God

    We believe in God who externally exists in three distinct persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in essence, power, and character. The Trinity models relational living for us so that God's very being is unity in community. God is more intimate with us than we are with ourselves. God is the creator, preserver, and ruler of all things visible and invisible. Human understanding of God is limited by our vocabulary and imaginations and so all attempts to fully describe God are inadequate and lacking thus God remains a holy mystery. God is love, offering perfect justice, mercy, and truth. God is neither male nor female, but embodies qualities of both and possesses them without limit. God personally desires to be in relationship with us.

    • The Father
      The Father reigns with providential care over his universe and all who confess faith in Jesus Christ become his children. Jesus addresses God as Abba, a simple term of endearment meaning "daddy." The Father protects, cares for, and disciplines his children. His will is for the salvation of the world through His Son Jesus. The Father loves immeasurably and unconditionally. We can't earn His love. It is a gift showered on good and evil people alike. It is unimaginably greater than the love of any human father or mother.

    • The Son
      The Son is Jesus the Christ, our Savior, who came to Earth to restore fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. Jesus is the human face of God. Everything about Jesus reveals God, his presence, His words, His healing touch, His forgiving glances, and his death and resurrection. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully human and fully divine. He lived a perfectly sinless life. He willingly and obediently suffered and died on a a cross to demonstrate God's love and to provide salvation to humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides all human beings the means to be reconnected to God. Jesus was physically resurrected from the dead and ascended to heaven where he rules as Lord and is to have absolute authority over our lives. Jesus will return to the Earth in the future to establish God's perfect peace and justice for all time.

    • The Holy Spirit
      The Holy Spirit is a coequal, coeternal member of the Trinity and is God with us. The Holy Spirit challenges us and convicts us of wrong and also works to attract us to the Son so that we are able to recognize Him as the Messiah, our Savior. The Spirit enables us to proclaim that God is our Father. The Spirit enables our faith, gives us gifts to serve, moves us toward holy or righteous living, and gives unity to the church. The Holy Spirit progressively transforms us into the image of Christ and is actively working in the world to bring about God's redemptive plan for all people and all creation. The Spirit is the mystery of God's love alive in the world.
  • The Church

    We believe the church is the extension of Christ's life and ministry on the Earth. It is made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In the Bible it is referred to as the Body and Bride of Christ and the Family and Building of God. The church's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God wholeheartedly and love others as themselves. All believers are gifted, empowered, and sent by the Holy Spirit to sere the church's mission to reach and transform the world.

  • Human Beings

    We believe all human beings are created in the image of God. Thus we are created for purpose, relationship, and holiness. We are created with free will that gives us the power to choose. We also believe all human beings are tainted by a willful disobedience from God called sin. Sin separates us from God and all that we were created to be. But God's grace is greater than our sin. It is through our willingness to totally yield and submit ourselves to grace we find from Jesus' death on the cross that we too are resurrected into brand new lives. We also believe deeply in human equality but recognize an incredible diversity that is a gift from our creator. We see the Christian life as a journey of increasing faith, confirming hope and perfecting love. It comes from total obedience to the Father by living the lifestyle of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. As human beings we seek naked, honest, vulnerable, and raw questions arising out of the awe that comes from engaging the living God.

  • Social Issues

    The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Thus, the church as a whole has adopted what we call the Social Principles which are a prayerful and thoughtful effort to speak to human issues in the contemporary world from a sound Biblical foundation. St Marks UMC suppports these Social Sprinciples and if you would like to know more, click here.