What We Believe
We Are Christian
We believe in one God. We believe that God created and sustains the universe. We believe that God came into this world in a special way through the ministry, teachings, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the way that the love of God is present in the world. We believe our Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illuminated by tradition, animated in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.
We have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also ask questions, wrestle with difficult issues, and do so with grace and compassion. As John Wesley said, “In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all beliefs we have charity.” Regardless of one’s age, race, life-story, or standpoint, each unique individual is welcomed within our church.
We Are United Methodist
The United Methodist Church is a connectional church. At Senoia UMC, we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. Our denomination holds to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith and traces its history back to John Wesley’s ministry of church renewal in England and North America. Through Wesley (1703-1791), we share in older Christian tradition reaching back in history through the Church of England and the Catholic Church back to the earliest Apostles. Today, the United Methodist church is a denomination of 8.5 million Christians in the United States and about one million more around the world.
Together with many Protestant churches, we recognize two sacraments: Baptism and Communion. They are called sacraments because they are sacred acts of the church. In a sacrament, God uses tangible, material things to express sacred mysteries.
Baptism is the sacrament that initiates us into the church “through water and the Spirit.” In Baptism we become members of Christ’s church. Baptism is experienced only once by every believer, and it is a solitary event with the congregation acting as observers and supporters of the person being baptized. Most frequently in the United Methodist Church, Baptism takes place by sprinkling when one is an infant, but new adult believers are given the option of being baptized by immersion. Baptism is a wonderful outward and visible sign of what has occurred or will occur in the heart of the believer. For babies, it also serves as an initiation into the life of the Church.
Communion is the sacrament that nourishes us in our journey by using real food and drink to re-enact Christ’s last meal with his disciples. Over and over again, it gives us the experience of being part of the church as the body of Christ in the world. Our celebration of Communion is open to all who wish to participate in Christian community.
Our Sacred Writings
We believe that the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are collections of writings inspired by God and written down by fallible people. We believe they contain what is needed to give life meaning. We believe they are worthy of our study, preaching and meditation.
Service and Social Justice
As United Methodists, we believe it is critical not only to believe, but to live out our faith in our personal lives, our communities and the world. During his ministry Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry, welcomed children, forgave sinners and sought out society’s outcasts. We seek to continue his work for human wholeness by addressing both immediate needs and long-term sustainable solutions. We engage in a variety of social justice ministries with both local and global partners.
Senoia United Methodist Church exists to grow passionate disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.