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United Methodist Exploration The history beliefs and traditions of the United Methodist religion are actively conveyed in their worship setting The historical background stems from one search for true grace The beliefs and traditions are explained through holy books and are examined through practices at church services Methodisms historical origins are sprung from one mans need to reach out to everyone John Wesley along with his brother Charles wanted to provide something all people could find hope in regardless of class Tucker 8 John Wesley was a priest in the Church of England in the 1700s Wesley was beginning an outbreak from the Anglican Church of England The Methodist traditions based on grace and service had a warming and significant impact on England Campbell 70 The religion evolved over time and eventually in 1968 The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church united to form the United Methodist Church United Methodism is a Christian religion It is similar to other Protestant denominations in that both confirm their beliefs through the sacraments of baptism and communion Today United Methodist membership stands at nearly ten million worldwide more than one million from outside of the United States Specifically United Methodists believe the following things They believe in one true God The Trinity which is the Father Son and the Holy Spirit are all ways God reveals himself Campbell 41 I believe in God the Father AlmightyAnd in Jesus Christ his only Son our LordI believe in the Holy Spirit The Apostles Creed They believe Jesus is Savior Mediator Friend and Judge The Holy Spirit is present as a sense of guidance in everyday life Jesus death on the cross was a sacrifice for his people which made it possible for forgiveness of sins Sin is a state of imperfection with God and we may choose between right and wrong However a persons strength alone can not be enough to turn away from sin one needs
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