Missions, Vision, and Beliefs


Mission

Continuing the work of Jesus Christ by nurturing faith, inspiring hope and reaching out in love.

Teaching Faith – Growing faithful relationships with Christ.

  • Worship
  • Studying His Word in Bible Studies or Sunday School
  • Building supportive Christian friendships through LifeGroups and Ministries.
  • Providing a loving Christian learning environment for young children with our HMUMC Preschool.

Inspiring Hope – Inspiring hope in the hearts of others and in our hearts through love and service to those in need.

  • Missions and Outreach
  • Prayer

Sharing Love – Sharing our love by serving others, and not only serving them, loving them the way that God loves them.

  • Support Groups
  • Hospitality
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Wednesday Night Alive

Vision

Continuing the work of Jesus Christ by nurturing faith, inspiring hope and reaching out in love.

Our vision is to continue to grow and reach people for Christ. We strive to do more and more work for Him with one ultimate goal in mind – the transformation of the world! That may seem way out there, but that is what Jesus called us to do.

The Great Commission

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Our church is a part of the Great Commission Jesus spoke about, and we will continue to grow and reach out in order bring change to not only our community but also to the whole world.

Beliefs

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty!

Our God

We believe in one God in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the creator of the world and all that is in it. He is the ruler of the universe, and we can and are called to experience God’s amazing love and grace.

We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified. Jesus is divine, and is the Son of God.  God raised Jesus from the dead and our risen Christ lives today. He is our Savior, and in Him we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. Jesus is also our Lord, and we are called to pattern our lives after His.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us. It comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. The Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.

God created human beings in God’s image. Humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God.

Our Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.  We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.  The church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. The Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.  It is essential to the Christian life, and as Christians, we need to know and study God’s Word.

Two Sacraments

We recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated in – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism

Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.  Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins. Like the early church we baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring. Persons of any age can be baptized.

Baptizing Our Children

From the earliest times, children and infants were baptized and included in the church. As scriptural authority for this ancient tradition, some scholars cite Jesus’ words:

“Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14).

Baptism, as a means of grace, signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. When a family brings a child forward for baptism, they with the congregation are affirming that God’s prevenient grace is already working in that child’s heart. The parents and our church promises before God to nurture this child in the Christian faith by their own witness and commitment to Christ.

The child’s journey begins in the nurturing community of the church, where he or she learns that God loves them and what exactly that means. At the appropriate time, the child will make his or her first confession of their own faith.  At Hamilton Mill UMC we prepare young people through our Decision for Christ (link)classes, so that they can make an informed decision about the direction of their spiritual life.

Baptizing at Any Age

It makes no difference whether you were baptized as an adult or as a child; we all start on our spiritual journey at baptism.

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry. We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.  At Hamilton Mill UMC we typically serve Communion the first Sunday of every month.

Why We Believe and Want You to be a Part of Our Church

We are Passionate

We are passionate about inviting people to experience the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ through Christian living.

We are a Church of Grace

Grace is the love and mercy given to us by God because God wants us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). 

We are a Committed to God’s Word

While the world around us might change God’s truth will never change.  We’re committed to understanding that truth and living our lives for God as a community.

We Believe People Can be Born Again

Conversion is a turning around, and leaving one orientation for another. It may be sudden and dramatic, or gradual and cumulative, but in any case, it’s a new beginning. We speak of this conversion as rebirth, new life in Christ, or regeneration.

“You must be born anew” (John 3:7 RSV)

Following Paul and Luther, John Wesley called this process justification. It’s a time when God’s “justifying grace” is experienced and accepted, a time of pardon and forgiveness, of new peace, joy and love. Indeed, we’re justified by God’s grace through faith. Justification is also a time of repentance—turning away from behaviors rooted in sin and toward actions that express God’s love. In this conversion we can expect to receive assurance of our present salvation through the Holy Spirit.

 “bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).

Sanctifying Grace

We are all growing people on a journey together.  Salvation is not a static or a one-time event in our lives, it is the ongoing experience of God’s gracious presence transforming us into whom God intends us to be.

Through God’s sanctifying grace, we grow and mature in our ability to live as Jesus lived. As we pray, study the Scriptures, fast, worship, and share in fellowship with other Christians, we deepen our knowledge of and love for God. As we respond with compassion to human need and work for justice in our communities, we strengthen our capacity to love our neighbors. Our inner thoughts and motives, as well as our outer actions and behavior, are aligned with God’s will and testify to our union with God.

Faith and Good Works

The United Methodists insist that faith and good works belong together. What we believe must be confirmed by what we do. Personal salvation must be expressed in ministry and mission in the world. We believe that Christian doctrine and Christian ethics are inseparable, and that faith should inspire service. The integration of personal piety and social holiness has been a hallmark of our tradition. We affirm the biblical precept that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17).

Excerpt from The United Methodist Primer, 2005 Revised Edition by Chester E. Custer (Discipleship Resources, 2005); p. 59.

Mission and Service

Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. As disciples, we become active participants in God’s activity in the world. The Love of God is always linked to the love of our neighbors and a passionate commitment to seeking justice and renewal in the world.

Nurture and Mission of the Church

For Wesley, there was no religion but social religion, no holiness but social holiness. In other words, faith always includes a social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. As we grow in faith through our participation in the church community, we are also nourished and equipped for mission and service to the world.

From the time of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley to the present, Methodist have sought to be both a nurturing community and a servant community. Early members of Methodist societies met for personal nurture through giving to the poor, visiting the imprisoned, and working for justice and peace in the community. They sought not only to receive the fullness of God’s grace for themselves, but they also saw themselves as existing to reform the nation and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.

For more information about the United Methodist Church, please visit the www.umc.org.