Beliefs & Values of Plymouth Park UMC
We are a United Methodist Church, and our mission statement is “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
As Methodists we believe that God loves us more than we could ever imagine, and before we are ever aware of it (prevenient grace). We believe this love is made complete in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (justifying grace), and that we choose every day to commit to this unconditional love we know in Jesus. We believe that the Holy Spirit encourages us and empowers us in faith to grow into the restored image of God within all creation as we seek daily to choose to follow Jesus and live out our salvation and faith (sanctifying grace).
We believe the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation. Scripture is the foundational authority upon which rests the development of our faith. Scripture is our primary authority which we interpret through the lenses of tradition, experience, and reason. We take the Bible seriously, and hope to engage your heart along with your mind as we explore how God is still moving through all of history in conversations between scripture and science, culture, art, and current events as we work to move with God through the world around us.
Plymouth Park United Methodist Church believes it is vital for us to give life to our values of love and grace by following our historical “General Rules” inherited from John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist movement) so that in all things we will first seek to do no harm, secondly to do good, and finally in all things seek to stay in love with God. We believe we live out these rules of faith in how we encounter God’s love in our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. We hope the eternal love of God is reflected in how our community welcomes all people to belong and have a home in our community of faith, and we are dedicated to sharing this transforming love through acts of service and compassion for our neighbors so that all might encounter God’s presence, hope, light, and peace.
Truly, the heart of our values are to give life to what is often called The Greatest Commandment we receive in Matthew 22:37-40 (CEB):
37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being,[a] and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”