What We Believe
At Long’s Chapel we worship the one and only triune God whom we know as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe God created the universe and all that is in it. We believe God is both sovereign (all powerful) and loving, and that we can know and experience God’s love in our life. We believe that God has expressed the fullness of his love through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that through Him we have abundant life and the forgiveness of sins (our wrongdoings). We believe in God’s Holy Spirit, which is God’s continued presence with us today. We believe it is by the Holy Spirit that we are able to know, love, and serve God as well as one another. We believe in the authority of Scripture as God’s inspired word, and that it is the story of our salvation. We celebrate that being a part of the church means we are called to love God and other people, and partner with God to help the world become more like God’s kingdom of peace, love, and harmony.
Our United Methodist Heritage
In addition to our core beliefs as Christians, we celebrate our vibrant heritage as United Methodists. Methodism began as an English movement led by John Wesley (1703-1791) in order to strengthen the Church through inviting people to take their faith and put it into action. Wesley firmly believed that being a Christian is not something we can just talk about, but it needs to be something that is lived in our everyday lives. Wesley also had a strong sense of God’s grace as being central to our understanding of the Christian life and faith. Grace means the unearned and unmerited love that God offers to us. God’s grace empowers and leads us to love God and one another (learn more at umc.org). As United Methodists we refer to ourselves as “connectional” and seek to not only connect with other United Methodist churches but also with other Christian churches. We also take seriously our call to share God’s love to all without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, social status, gender, sexual orientation, age, economic condition, or disability.