The Holy Trinity
There is but one living and true God, the maker and
preserver of all things. And in the unity of this Godhead
there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit. These three are one in eternity, deity and purpose;
everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness.

The Son – His Incarnation
God was himself in Jesus Christ to reconcile people to
God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin
Mary, He joined together the deity of God and the
humanity of humankind. Jesus of Nazareth was God in
flesh, truly God and truly human. He came to save us.
For us the Son of God suffered, was crucified, dead and
buried. He poured out His life as a blameless sacrifice for
our sin and transgressions. We gratefully acknowledge
that He is our Savior, the one perfect mediator between
God and us.

The Son – His Resurrection and Exaltation
Jesus Christ is risen victorious from the dead. His resurrected
body became more glorious, not hindered by ordinary
human limitations. Thus He ascended into heaven. There He
sits as our exalted Lord at the right hand of God the Father,
where He intercedes for us until all His enemies shall be
brought into complete subjection. He will return to judge all
people. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Holy Spirit – His Person
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Proceeding
from the Father and the Son, He is one with them, the
eternal Godhead, equal in deity, majesty and power. He
is God effective in Creation, in life and in the church. The
Incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ were accomplished
by the Holy Spirit. He continues to reveal, interpret and
glorify the Son.

The Holy Spirit – His Work in Salvation
The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the salvation planned
by the Father and provided by the Son’s death, resurrection
and ascension. He is the effective agent in our conviction,
regeneration, sanctification and glorification. He is our
Lord’s ever-present self, indwelling, assuring and enabling
the believer.

The Holy Spirit – His Relation to the Church
The Holy Spirit is poured out upon the church by the Father
and the Son. He is the church’s life and witnessing power.
He bestows the love of God and makes real the lordship of
Jesus Christ in the believer so that both His gifts of words
and service may achieve the common good and build and
increase the church. In relation to the world He is the Spirit
of truth, and His instrument is the Word of God.

The Scriptures Authority
   The Bible is God’s written Word, uniquely inspired by the
Holy Spirit. It bears unerring witness to Jesus Christ, the
living Word. As attested by the early church and subsequent
councils, it is the trustworthy record of God’s revelation,
completely truthful in all it affirms. It has been faithfully
preserved and proves itself true in human experience.
The Scriptures have come to us through human authors who
wrote, as God moved them, in the languages and literary
forms of their times. God continues, by the illumination
of the Holy Spirit, to speak through this Word to each
generation and culture.
       The Bible has authority over all human life. It teaches the
truth about God, His creation, His people, His one and only
Son and the destiny of humankind. It also teaches the way
of salvation and the life of faith. Whatever is not found in
the Bible nor can be proved by it is not to be required as an
article of belief or as necessary to salvation.

Authority of the Old Testament
The Old Testament is not contrary to the New. Both
Testaments bear witness to God’s salvation in Christ; both
speak of God’s will for His people. The ancient laws for
ceremonies and rites, and the civil precepts for the nation
Israel are not necessarily binding on Christians today. But,
on the example of Jesus we are obligated to obey the moral
commandments of the Old Testament.
The books of the Old Testament are: Genesis, Exodus,
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth,
1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chr-
onicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs,
Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah,
Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai,
Zechariah, Malachi.

New Testament
The New Testament fulfills and interprets the Old Testament.
It is the record of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ and
the Holy Spirit. It is God’s final word regarding humankind,
sin, salvation, the world and its destiny.
The books of the New Testament are: Matthew, Mark,
Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians,
Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessa-
lonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus,
Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John,
3 John, Jude, Revelation.

Humankind Free Moral Persons
God created human beings in His own image, innocent,
morally free and responsible to choose between good and
evil, right and wrong. By the sin of Adam, humans as the
offspring of Adam are corrupted in their very nature so
that from birth they are inclined to sin. They are unable by
their own strength and work to restore themselves in right
relationship with God and to merit eternal salvation. God,
the Omnipotent, provides all the resources of the Trinity to
make it possible for humans to respond to His grace through
faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. By God’s grace and
help people are enabled to do good works with a free will.

Law of Life and Love
God’s law for all human life, personal and social, is expressed
in two divine commands: Love the Lord God with all your
heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. These commands
reveal what is best for persons in their relationship with God,
others and society. They set forth the principles of human
duty in both individual and social action. They recognize
God as the only Sovereign. All people as created by Him
and in His image have the same inherent rights regardless of
gender, race or color. All should therefore give God absolute
obedience in their individual, social and political acts. They
should strive to secure to everyone respect for their person,
their rights and their greatest happiness in the possession
and exercise of the right within the moral law.

Good Works
Good works are the fruit of faith in Jesus Christ, but works
cannot save us from our sins nor from God’s judgment. As
expressions of Christian faith and love, our good works
performed with reverence and humility are both acceptable
and pleasing to God. However, good works do not earn God’s grace.

Salvation Christ’s Sacrifice
Christ offered once and for all the one perfect sacrifice for
the sins of the whole world. No other satisfaction for sin is
necessary; none other can atone.

New Life in Christ
A new life and a right relationship with God are made
possible through the redemptive acts of God in Jesus Christ.
God, by His Spirit, acts to impart new life and put people
into a relationship with Himself as they repent and their
faith responds to His grace. Justification, regeneration,
adoption, sanctification and restoration speak significantly
to entrance into and continuance in the new life.

Justification
Justification is a legal term that emphasizes that by a new
relationship in Jesus Christ people are in fact accounted
righteous, being freed from both the guilt and the penalty of
their sins.

Regeneration
Regeneration is a biological term which illustrates that by
a new relationship in Christ, one does in fact have a new
life and a new spiritual nature capable of faith, love and
obedience to Christ Jesus as Lord. The believer is born
again and is a new creation. The old life is past; a new life is begun.

Adoption
Adoption is a filial term full of warmth, love, and acceptance.
It denotes that by a new relationship in Christ believers have
become His wanted children freed from the mastery of both
sin and Satan. Believers have the witness of the Spirit that
they are children of God.

Sanctification
Sanctification is that saving work of God beginning with
new life in Christ whereby the Holy Spirit renews His
people after the likeness of God, changing them through
crisis and process, from one degree of glory to another, and
conforming them to the image of Christ.
As believers surrender to God in faith and die to self through
full consecration, the Holy Spirit fills them with love and
purifies them from sin. This sanctifying relationship with
God remedies the divided mind, redirects the heart to God,
and empowers believers to please and serve God in their
daily lives. Thus, God sets His people free to love Him with all their
heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love their neighbor
as themselves.

Restoration
Christians may be sustained in a growing relationship with
Jesus as Savior and Lord. However, they may grieve the
Holy Spirit in the relationships of life without returning
to the dominion of sin. When they do, they must humbly
accept the correction of the Holy Spirit, trust in the advocacy
of Jesus, and mend their relationships.
Christians can sin willfully and sever their relationship with
Christ. Even so by repentance before God, forgiveness is
granted and the relationship with Christ restored, for not
every sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit and unpardonable.
God’s grace is sufficient for those who truly repent and, by
His enabling, amend their lives. However, forgiveness does
not give believers liberty to sin and escape the consequences
of sinning.
God has given responsibility and power to the church to
restore penitent believers through loving reproof, counsel
and acceptance.

The Church
The church is created by God. It is the people of God. Christ
Jesus is its Lord and Head. The Holy Spirit is its life and
power. It is both divine and human, heavenly and earthly,
ideal and imperfect. It is an organism, not an unchanging
institution. It exists to fulfill the purposes of God in Christ. It
redemptively ministers to persons. Christ loved the church
and gave Himself for it that it should be holy and without
blemish. The church is a fellowship of the redeemed and the
redeeming, preaching the Word of God and administering
the sacraments according to Christ’s instruction.
The Free Methodist Church purposes to be representative of what
the church of Jesus Christ should be on earth. It therefore
requires specific commitment regarding the faith and life of
its members. In its requirements it seeks to honor Christ and
obey the written Word of God.

Language of Worship
According to the Word of God and the custom of the early
church, public worship and prayer and the administration
of the sacraments should be in a language understood
by the people. The Reformation applied this principle to
provide for the use of the common language of the people.
It is likewise clear that the Apostle Paul places the strongest
emphasis upon rational and intelligible utterance in
worship. We cannot endorse practices which plainly violate
these scriptural principles.

The Holy Sacraments
Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the sacraments of
the church commanded by Christ. They are means of grace
through faith, tokens of our profession of Christian faith,
and signs of God’s gracious ministry toward us. By them,
He works within us to quicken, strengthen and confirm our
faith.

Baptism
Water baptism is a sacrament of the church, commanded
by our Lord, signifying acceptance of the benefits of the
atonement of Jesus Christ to be administered to believers as
declaration of their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Baptism is a symbol of the new covenant of grace as
circumcision was the symbol of the old covenant; and, since
infants are recognized as being included in the atonement,
they may be baptized upon the request of parents or
guardians who shall give assurance for them of necessary
Christian training. They shall be required to affirm the
vow for themselves before being accepted into church
membership.

The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of our redemption by
Christ’s death. To those who rightly, worthily and with
faith receive it, the bread which we break is a partaking
of the body of Christ; and likewise the cup of blessing is a
partaking of the blood of Christ. The supper is also a sign of
the love and unity that Christians have among themselves.
Christ, according to His promise, is really present in the
sacrament. But His body is given, taken and eaten only after
a heavenly and spiritual manner. No change is effected in
the element; the bread and wine are not literally the body
and blood of Christ. Nor is the body and blood of Christ
literally present with the elements. The elements are never
to be considered objects of worship. The body of Christ is
received and eaten in faith.

The Kingdom of God
The kingdom of God is a prominent Bible theme providing
Christians with both their tasks and hope. Jesus announced
its presence. The kingdom is realized now as God’s reign is
established in the hearts and lives of believers.
The church, by its prayers, example and proclamation of the
gospel, is the appointed and appropriate instrument of God
in building His kingdom.
But the kingdom is also future and is related to the return of
Christ when judgment will fall upon the present order. The
enemies of Christ will be subdued; the reign of God will be
established; a total cosmic renewal which is both material
and moral shall occur; and the hope of the redeemed will be
fully realized.

The Return of Christ
The return of Christ is certain and may occur at any moment,
although it is not given us to know the hour. At His return
He will fulfill all prophecies concerning His final triumph
over all evil. The believer’s response is joyous expectation,
watchfulness, readiness and diligence.

Resurrection
There will be a bodily resurrection from the dead of both
the just and the unjust, they that have done good unto
the resurrection of life, they that have done evil unto the
resurrection of damnation. The resurrected body will be a
spiritual body, but the person will be whole and identifiable.
The Resurrection of Christ is the guarantee of resurrection
unto life to those who are in Him.

Judgment
God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world
in righteousness in accordance with the gospel and our
deeds in this life.

Final Destiny
Our eternal destiny is determined by God’s grace and our
response, not by arbitrary decrees of God. For those who
trust Him and obediently follow Jesus as Savior and Lord,
there is a heaven of eternal glory and the blessedness of
Christ’s presence. But for the finally impenitent there is a
hell of eternal suffering and of separation from God.

These are our core beliefs and they have been taken out of the Book of Discipline. If you would like to know the full extent of the Free Methodist Beliefs you can click this link, http://fmcusa.org/files/2017/03/2011-Book-of-Discipline_English-1.pdf, and find out more.