United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith (listed below). We do this in ways that are evangelical, meaning we share the good news of Jesus Christ freely, but we’re moderates rather than fundamentalists. We look to the Bible as the primary and authoritative guide for faith and practice. In addition, we value tradition, experience of the Holy Spirit, and our reason to help us in the understanding of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and all of creation.
Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.
Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways with those around us in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, lively worship, and small groups where people can grow in faith.
Methodists have open hearts and open minds — we welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.
United Methodists are the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States. We are home to both President Bush and Senator Dole, as well as President Clinton’s family.
Over the years, our area has seen settlement houses, homes for orphans, community centers, medical clinics, food pantries, soup kitchens, camps, and many other kinds of outreach into the needs of the community initiated and supported by the Methodist church.
What do we believe about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible?
We believe God created humanity to live in covenant with Him. However, we, as sinful creatures, people who choose to go their own way, have broken that covenant and need redemption, a way to repair that broken relationship. Yet God truly loves us. He acted through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to bring us salvation and the hope of eternal life.
We believe God’s love comes alive in us through the work of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit works in both our personal experience and in the common life of the church.
We believe Holy Scripture is inspired by God and contains what we need in order to understand and love God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit and receive the offer of a whole and restored relationship with God — salvation.
We believe that in justification — the restoration of our relationship with God — we are given a gift, by grace and through faith in Jesus Christ, to repair and renew our connection and live a new life the way God intended us to live.
We believe in the general ministry that all Christians are called to do God’s will in mission and service wherever they are.
We believe that the reign of God is both a present and future reality. This gives us hope today and a future forever.
We believe we are part of Christ’s Universal Church. We enter the church through baptism, and in Holy Communion we celebrate the presence of Christ and find strength for Christian living. The church is one in Jesus Christ. We express our unity in hymns, prayers and liturgy, in the historic creeds, and in the belief in one holy, catholic (universal), apostolic church.
Want to Learn More? If you'd like to know more about what it means to follow Christ or to be a member of First United Methodist Church of Medford, we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 541-773-3691 and/or join us for worship 10:30 am Sundays.