What We Believe

The Belief Experiment is a United Methodist congregation, and as such we hold to the doctrine and practices of the United Methodist Church. We hold to the historic tenets of the Christian faith as expressed in the Apostle’s Creed, and through our Wesleyan heritage emphasize grace and the growth of one’s knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living.


The Apostle’s Creed

The Apostle’s Creed is a historic expression of the Christian faith that outlines the basic tenets of Christianity. The Creed reads:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic (universal) church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Baptism

When everyone was being baptized, Jesus also was baptized. While he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit came down on him in bodily form like a dove. And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.” (Luke 3:21-22 CEB)

The United Methodist Church, along with many other Protestant denominations, recognize baptism as one of the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated. In baptism, God claims us as His own and symbolizes the new life we have through His love for us and forgiveness of our sins. We believe that God gets it right the first time, and that one can only be baptized once regardless of the denomination in which one is baptized. However, we also recognize that there are times in one’s life where they wish to reaffirm their baptism, and do offer many opportunities for one to do so. If you would like more information on baptism (or reaffirmation of baptism), please email pastor@thebeliefexperiment.org.


Holy Communion (Eucharist)

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. (Mark 14:22-24 CEB)

Holy Communion is one of two sacraments recognized by the United Methodist Church in which Jesus himself participated. In Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, we recognize our membership in the body of Christ as we share in the same meal in which Jesus participated with his twelve disciples. As United Methodists, we practice an open table in which, as stated in the invitation, all who love Christ, earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another are welcome. We also believe that all are worthy to receive Communion, not due to any action or inaction on their part but because of the grace offered to us by God through Jesus Christ (after all, when Christ ate with his disciples, he ate with everyone from Peter to Judas). We believe that the elements of bread and juice are representative of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is typically served by intinction, meaning that you will be given a piece of bread which is dipped into grape juice. If you have questions about our beliefs on Holy Communion, please email pastor@thebeliefexperiment.org.