The purpose and vision of the United Methodist Church is "To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
The specific mission of the Ortonville United Methodist Church (OUMC) faith community is, to "Shape lives, Share faith and Spread God's love..."
What United Methodists Believe
The Ortonville United Methodist Church is part of an 11 million strong global church. The United Methodist Church is a church that "Opens Hearts, Opens Doors and Opens Minds" through active engagement in our world. Our primary emphasis is on Christian Living and putting Love and Faith into action. As United Methodists we share a common heritage and basic affirmations with all christians.
The three fold nature of God is described in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit
We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
We believe that God is loving and we can experience God's love and grace.
We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and dies when he was crucified.
We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today.
We believe that Jesus is divine and is the son of God.
We believe that Jesus is our Savior and in Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obedient lives.
We believe God created human beings in Gods image.
We believe that human beings can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
We believe that all humans need to be in a relationship with God in order to be fully human.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Reign Of God:
We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
We believe that wherever God's will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus' ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
We believe that although the fulfillment of God's kingdom--the complete restoration of creation--is still to come.
We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God's kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God's vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.
Sacrament of Baptism:
Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
Persons of any age can be baptized.
We Baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
A person need only receive the sacrament of baptism once in their life.
Sacrament of The Lords Supper: (Communion, Eucharist)
The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family.
By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
We practice "Open Communion," welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.
For informational references and to learn more click here: "The United Methodist Faith"