What We Believe

United Methodists are a group of Christians totalling over 8 million in the United States alone. In addition, United Methodists can be found around the world sharing our faith with open hearts, open minds and open doors. The California-Pacific Conference is made up of about 400 congregations in southern California, Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan.

1. We believe in a triune God – the Trinity. We believe in God who is in heaven and who is the Creator of all; Jesus, God in human form, who died on the cross and rose again for our salvation; and the Holy Spirit, God with us, in our hearts and in our midst.

Matthew 3:16–17; John 14:9–10

2. We believe that God will one day judge each one of us, but that our sins have been covered by the blood of the lamb – Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice and death paid the price for our sins, a debt we could never pay ourselves.

John 3:16; Matthew 1:18; John 20:24–31

3. We believe that Jesus Christ established the Church. He taught His disciples His message, and sent them out to teach others. When He ascended to heaven, He gave them the Great Commission – the calling to spread the gospel to all.

Matthew 16:13–18; Acts 2:14–47

4. We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and communion. Through baptism we are initiated into the fellowship of believers – the Church. Through communion, we remember Christ’s sacrifice, participate in His risen presence, and are nourished for faithful discipleship.

Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24

5. We recognize the authority of the Scriptures in all matters of faith.

Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

Learn more about the beliefs of The United Methodist Church.