Who We Are
We are Christians, we are people seeking God and we are Free Methodists.
Why Become a Christian?
Why would I want to become a Christian?
None of us is perfect. Everybody knows that. We’ve all done things that we know are wrong, unkind, selfish, mean, thoughtless and even immoral or criminal. That means we’ve all “sinned.”
Unfortunately for us, in order to get into Heaven (i.e. to be with God and our loved ones after we die), we have to be perfect. Blameless. Without sin.
Similarly, in order to have a relationship with God, we need to be perfect. Why? Because that’s “God’s rule.” (God is the one who made the world and everything in it and, when you’re the Creator of the universe, you get to make the rules.)
However, because God loves us so much and wants us to be in Heaven with him and because He wants to have a relationship with each and every one of us, He came up with a “Plan B” so to speak - a way for us to be “saved” from our imperfection and wrongdoing. That “Plan B” is Jesus.
Jesus is God’s only son and God sent Jesus to Earth to be crucified (nailed to a cross) and to “pay the price” (i.e. to experience all of the awful feelings and heartbreak and pain that comes from doing wrong) for all of the “bad” things that we have done. As a result of being put on that cross, Jesus died. But! - three days after he died, he rose from the dead. (i.e. he was no longer dead; he was alive again)
What does that mean?
After Jesus “paid the price” (i.e. was nailed to the cross, suffered there, died, and came back from death to be alive again), God removed the condition that we “had to be perfect” in order to get into Heaven or have a relationship with Him.
Thanks to Jesus, there is now a way to “connect with God” and, in so doing, receive all of the many benefits that come from doing so. (see “It’s About Love”)
How do I make that connection?
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10)
All that is saying is that you believe that Jesus is who He says he is - the son of God - and that he did what He said He did - died on the cross in our place so that, by His sacrifice, we could become acceptable to and in good moral standing with God.
Once you’ve done that, you have “become a Christian.”
It’s About LOVE!
In the Bible, in the book of John, chapter 3, verse 16, it says:
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
In the book of Luke, chapter 10, verse 27, it says:
"’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
Really, it’s that simple.
Year after year, survey after survey has revealed the same thing: that what people really want - the one thing that is guaranteed to “make someone happy” - is to love and to be loved. And that’s what the “good news” of the Bible is: that God loves us, that He wants to be our friend, that he will never abandon us (no matter what!), that He is anxious and willing to help us and that He can show us how to love others.
What is a Free Methodist?
Free Methodists are people who follow Christ’s teachings. These are explained in the Holy Bible, God’s Word. The Bible is the guide to a satisfying life. Free Methodists earnestly seek to spread His Word throughout the world. They proclaim Christ’s love for all people. The Free Methodist Church is a well-recognized Christian denomination emphasizing holy living.
The Free Methodists believe in certain human freedoms: (1) Human freedom, upholding the right of every person to be free, denying the right of anyone to hold slaves; (2) Freedom and simplicity in worship; (3) Free seats in church, so the poor will not be kept out or discriminated against; (4) Freedom and openness in relationships and loyalties so the truth may always be spoken freely (avoiding vows of secrecy); (5) Freedom of lay persons to be fully involved at all levels of decision making; (6) Freedom from materialism in order to help the poor.
The biblical principles on which these freedoms are based are as important today as ever. We are “methodists,” believing in a disciplined, simple lifestyle. Our witness to the world is through enthusiastic, orderly methods.