What We Believe at Glendale – in word + action
We are one of the 32,148 United Methodist churches around the world – a diverse church where the table is large enough for ALL people to bring their beliefs, doubts and questions. Following the roots of Methodism, Glendale is devoted to putting faith and love into action and our primary mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We believe every person is of sacred worth and created in God’s image. We believe that Jesus is our Savior and that he has taught us how to receive and share love, grace, and mercy.
We believe the Spirit calls us to live according to the example of Christ. We therefore commit to cultivate inclusive love and intentional hospitality with persons of every race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, faith story, education, physical or mental ability, economic status, or political perspective.
We consider our diversity to be a gift from God that strengthens us to worship, learn, and serve in Christ’s name.
Our Welcome Statement
We at Glendale UMC want you to know that no matter:
Where you’ve come from or where you are going; what you believe or what you may doubt; what you are feeling or just not feeling; what you have or don’t have; and no matter the color of your skin, who you love or how you identify – all of who you are is welcomed into this community of faith by a God who loves you and knows you by name.
We believe in a triune God — Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit. We believe in God’s self-revelation
as three distinct, but inseparable parts.
We believe in one true, holy, and living God who is creator, sovereign, and preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. God rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of ALL people.
We believe that we best know and understand God in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the source and measure of all valid Christian teaching. We believe in the mystery of salvation in and through the redeeming love of God found in the teachings of Jesus, his death and resurrection, and promised return.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that God’s love is realized by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in our personal lives and in the church. The Holy Spirit is a constant presence in our lives, by which we find strength and help in time of need. The Spirit comforts, sustains, and empowers us.
Our Wesleyan Means of Grace
Grace is a primary emphasis within The United Methodist Church. Through grace, God summons us to repentance, pardons us, claims us as new people in Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal.
We give distinctive emphasis to what is called the “order of grace”.
All humanity is surrounded by divine love, God’s prevenient grace, that prompts our first wish to please God and which gives us our first glimmer of understanding about God’s will. This grace also first moves us to recognize our own sins against God’s love and our neighbor’s needs. This grace awakens in us a desire to repent, to be profoundly changed, so that we might live in love toward God and neighbor.
God’s justifying grace reaches out to us through Christ with acceptance and forgiveness, so that our hearts might be decisively changed. We hope through Christ to experience profound personal transformation. We receive God’s assurance that we are accepted children of God.
God’s sanctifying grace works in us to nurture our growth in love. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we become more like Christ and are enabled to increase in the knowledge and love of God and in love for our neighbor. We increasingly receive the mind and the motives of Christ.
To learn more about The United Methodist Church, check out UMC.org/beliefs.