Our Beliefs

What do we believe?

Great question!  By following this link, you are either looking for answers, or are wondering if your beliefs will fit in at River Hills United Methodist Church.  If it’s the first, we are a community where we value good questions as well as reflective answers, but we don’t expect everyone to share the same answers.  All are welcome.  We are a community of grace whose certainty is focused on love and who strives to live by the example of Christ.  If you feel that you might be willing to fit in to a community that explores their beliefs and their faith, and desires to live them out in the word, River Hills will be a great place for you to connect.

The Bible 
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. Some in our community would extol the inerrancy and infallibility of the word (the source of its writing is God and is to be taken literally), while others are more concerned with the faithfulness of its interpretation (understanding the context and scholarly criticisms enriches the word).

We believe in one God, who is revealed as three…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer).  God is greater than any one understanding, but created us in God’s own image.  To know God is to grow greater in love with all that God has created and to seek understanding through scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.

God in flesh as revealed in scripture.  The Gospels give us four stories about the life, death and resurrection of a man who came not to condemn the world, but so that the world through him might be saved.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God presence in the world and through those seeking to be empowered to live a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus.  Evidence of the Holy Spirit is revealed through gifts demonstrated by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.  We believe that each person is blessed with gifts.  Not all have the same gifts, but each gift is necessary for God’s greater plan for creation.

The Church
While often identified by structure or name, it is experienced in the community of faith.  It is the place we go to grow, learn, celebrate, and remember.  The early church was devoted to learning and fellowship.  We also believe that service to our community and alongside our neighbors is an important part of being the Church.  We believe our facility is a gift from God that we are called to share with the community we serve.

United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. To learn more about the United Methodist Church, visit www.umc.org.