Our Beliefs

What do United Methodists believe?

*  We believe in one God, Triune and Eternal, whom we call Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

* We believe all people are made in God’s image and are of sacred worth.
Everyone is welcome at FUMC San Marcos.

* We believe in the Lord’s unlimited grace at work in this world and especially at work in the lives of people. This grace reaches out to us in love to draw us into a relationship of mercy, forgiveness, healing, and transformation.  

* We believe that everyone sins (makes choices which hurt themselves and others). We believe everyone needs to be forgiven. We believe all can be forgiven, and that forgiveness is offered to everyone through the perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.

*  We believe the Church (around the world, through all time, across denominations) is the body of Christ, diverse people brought together in Jesus Christ as sisters and brothers. The Church exists in the world today to do the things Jesus did by caring for the poor, welcoming everyone into God’s love, moving people to follow the Lord more, proclaiming the Good News of forgiveness and redemption.

* We believe the Holy Spirit is still active in this world.  Inspiring and empowering the Church to transform this world more into the Kingdom of Heaven, by working toward justice, reconciliation, and transformation for all people.

* We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God. Scripture reveals who the Lord is (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), who we are (created in the image of God, broken by sin, redeemed by grace, transformed into holy love), and how the Lord is at work in the world creating, redeeming, and sustaining everything and everyone.

* As United Methodists we believe in free will (we are able to choose or reject God’s love), in grace (prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying), in one Baptism welcoming a person into the family of God (infants, children, youth, and adults are all invited into a covenant relationship with the Lord and with the Church), in the Open Table (where everyone is invited to receive Communion), in personal and social holiness.