Eastland United Methodist Church, 10718 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg Virginia 22407, 540-898-6430 Due to the Covid 19 virus worship services and all other activities are cancelled until further notice.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020

What We Believe

United Methodists Believe

United Methodists affirm the historic Christian faith as summarized in the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. 


We believe in the Triune God, the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • God the Father/Creator, who brings creation into existence upholds and reveals the ways of life that make for peace and wholeness, and ever works to heal and transform life through the power of love.

  • God the Son, Jesus Christ, the firstborn of a new creation, who through his life, death and Resurrection saves us and all creation from the power of sin and death.

  • God the Holy Spirit, who comforts, sustains, guides and empowers us to participate in God's life and mission in the world. 


We believe every person is a beloved child of God

  • Whom God created in God's divine image, with inherent worth and dignity.

  • Who confronts and suffers the distorting and destructive effects of sin in this life.

  • Whom God has reconciled in the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, defeating the powers of sin and death.

  • Whom God seeks to make holy and whole, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, transforming us into Christ-likeness. 


We believe in the Church as the community called to be instruments of God's presence and coming reign in Jesus Christ

  • Where people worship God joyfully, proclaim God's Word faithfully and share the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.

  • Where all people are welcomed and nurtured as God's sons and daughters.

  • Where people are initiated into Christ's body and nurtured toward Christian maturity through worship, prayer, study, fellowship, and service.

  • Where the light of God's love, justice, and peace exposes and and overrules evil, injustice, and sin.

  • Where we participate in God's mission of inviting, preparing, and enlisting disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world and to follow the risen Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, into the hurting places of the world and among the outcasts and the forgotten.


We believe the Bible reveals the Word of God


    Authoritative in matters of faith and practice. 

  • Containing the story of God's mighty acts of salvation in creation, in faithful engagement with people through the ages and supremely  in Jesus Christ.

  • The primary source of understanding the nature and purposes of God.

  • Interpreted in the power of the Holy Spirit present in the community of faith.


We believe in the final triumph of God's reign of compassion, justice, generosity, and peace.

  • Anticipating the first fruits made possible today through the power of the Spirit and the reign of Christ.

  • Discovering a renewed creation where sin, suffering, and death are overcome and God's victory is complete.

  • Celebrating with all the faithful who are raised to live eternally in God's loving presence.

  • Extending God's love to the whole creation, with God's mercy redeeming all God's works, all that God loves.

- Bishop Kenneth L. Carder