Our Beliefs

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Learn about the beliefs and values of the United Methodist Church.

A Brief Overview

Midway is a church committed to living out its calling by serving Douglasville and it’s surrounding communities. Our mission is to grow Jesus’ Church by making disciples of Christ through “Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds.” We live this mission out through worship, study, sharing, and service. As a United Methodist Congregation, we share beliefs with other Christian groups, including faith in God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Traditionally, we have emphasized the following:

  • God will comfort, guide and forgive every person, no matter who they are or what they’ve done.
  • Serving others and Christian faith go hand in hand.
  • We find peace with God and spiritual fulfillment both in solitary moments of reflection and in a community of faith.
  • Our Church is made up of people who share faith in Jesus Christ.
  • We seek to make our private and our public actions congruent with our faith.
  • We are a global movement of churches that’s making a difference in the world.

In practice, we are similar to other Protestant denominations, affirming our beliefs through the sacred symbols of baptism and communion. Through baptism, we accept God’s gifts through Jesus. There is no strict rule among United Methodists about how baptism must be performed, although sprinkling water on the head of the person being baptized is most common. Everyone is accepted and welcome at the communion table, whether members of the Church or not, kids or adults.

Our Belief, Purpose, Vision & Values

We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is, in the words of the Apostle Paul, the body of Christ. The church is to be the physical presence of Christ in the world. As such, our primary aim is to do God’s will. We believe God has called Midway United Methodist Church to the following:

Our Beliefs

At Midway UMC, we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. 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 in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith. Methodists have open hearts, and open minds–and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.

Our Purpose

To build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.

Our Vision

Changing lives, transforming the community and renewing the mainline church.

Our Journey

Knowing, loving and serving God.

Our Strategies

The following five broad areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose and vision. They are the historic elements of the church’s mission: Worship, Evangelism, Service, Discipleship and Fellowship. Our first aim is to glorify God in worship; our second is to introduce people to Jesus Christ through evangelism; our third is to help persons of all ages to become deeply committed Christians through ministries of discipleship; our fourth is to build caring relationships and foster mutual ministry among the church family through authentic Christian fellowship; and finally, we aim to train, equip, inspire and mobilize members to live out their faith as salt and light outside the walls of the church through ministries of service.

Our Values

It is our desire to honor God through our work on His behalf. To that end, we will do His work with the qualities we most value: integrity, grace, excellence, relevance, authenticity, passion, humility, faith, inclusivity, commitment, joy and love.

Our Limitations

We recognize that certain actions could impede our ability to achieve God’s purpose and vision for this church. We therefore resolve and state that Midway United Methodist Church shall not: pursue ministry which is contrary to its purpose; fail to seek to be good stewards of its financial and non-financial resources; do anything in opposition to the spirit and intent of the United Methodist Book of Discipline; stray from biblical principles and scriptures; stop discerning God’s vision for Midway UMC.

Our Core Beliefs

God

We believe in the one true holy and living God, creator of the universe; who by His sovereign power continues to sustain His creation and who is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, mercy and love. We believe the one God reveals Himself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is The Son Of God, true God and true man, our Savior and Lord. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He was crucified, suffered and died on the cross, as a sacrifice for our sins. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, where He intercedes for us. We believe that He will come again in glory.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit like Jesus Christ, is true God. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to reveal and glorify the Lord, Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, regenerate the sinner and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living, witnessing and service. The Holy Spirit baptizes believers into the body of Christ and gives them spiritual gifts for the common good of the church body and enables the production of the fruit of the Spirit in the believer’s life.

The Holy Scripture

We believe that the Holy Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of our faith and are the inspired word of God, unchanging, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. The Bible is the final and absolute authority on all matters on which it addresses. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God; and all teaching and doctrine are to be based on what the Bible says and not on what men say.

Salvation

We believe that eternal life with God is offered as a free gift, not the result in whole or in part by human works or goodness. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection, provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and such as receive Jesus are born of the Holy Spirit, and they become children of God. This salvation requires an individual acknowledgment of sin and a recognition that the penalty for that sin was paid for by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. This act of salvation thereby transfers our trust from ourselves and our own merits or work to a trust in Christ and His death as the only means of salvation.

The Church

We believe that the true church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head. We believe that only those who are Believers in Jesus Christ shall be eligible for membership in the local church. We believe that the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism are sacraments to be observed by the church during this present age.

Our Core Values

These core values attempt to portray who we are as a church, what we are striving to become, and what we expect of each other as disciples of Christ.

  • We are a Christ-centered fellowship, which invites people to experience a life- changing relationship with Jesus Christ and become His disciples.
  • Through the Bible we encounter God’s living word, making Bible study essential to our formation as Christian disciples.
  • The stewardship of our time, our talents and our resources is a vital element in our spiritual growth.
  • Prayer is a means of grace through which we enter into a personal relationship to God through the Holy Spirit.
  • We endeavor to be a caring community of mutual support and accountability.
  • We are a diverse congregation, which values the worth of every individual; believing that God’s grace is present in and for all.
  • Every Christian is gifted and called by God to be in ministry.
  • We are called as servants to witness to God’s love for all people through missions.
  • The Christian life is one of a personal relationship with Christ through which we grow in grace and demonstrate God’s love in all our relationships.
  • In vital worship we encounter and honor God in Word and Sacrament – instilling hope, fostering healing and empowering discipleship.