God reveals Himself to us through His Word, the Bible. We are able to know God through a personal relationship of faith, prayer and study of what the Bible teaches us about His nature. God has a plan and purpose in place for each and every person's life. We believe that God exists in three persons (tri-unity): the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God created the Heavens and the earth and all within for His glory. God, being completely in control of His creation, is holding everything together through His Son Jesus. God is all-powerful and knows all things perfectly, past, present and future. God is everywhere at all times, unchanging and eternal, with no beginning or end. A single paragraph can in no way fully define or completely explain who God is. For more information on who God is and what God does these passages are helpful references; (Rom. 11:33-36; Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17; Jer. 32:17; Eph. 1:11).
The eternal Son of God. Prophets of the Old Testament foretold of God the Son who took on human form when He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. While on earth, Jesus lived a sinless life He grew in wisdom and stature and was baptized by John. His ministries included, but were not limited to, healing the sick, preaching, teaching, casting out demons, causing the blind to see and the lame to walk. Jesus was ultimately rejected by those He came to save. He was crucified on a cross, died and was buried. After three days Jesus rose from the dead, and made appearances to many people before ascending into Heaven, where He would take His place on the throne, ruling at the right hand of God. Jesus is actively mediating today between God and man. Jesus will one day come again from Heaven and we who believe will go up with Him to enjoy fellowship with God forever.
The third person of the trinity is working and always present. At the time of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer giving spiritual gifts and empowering them for service. The Holy Spirit actively intercedes for believers in prayer and convicts them of their sins. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life. The believer is instructed and guided by the Holy Spirit into all truth and sealed for the day that Christ returns.
One God existing in three distinct co- equal and co-eternal persons with one essence and purpose. We see the three persons of the trinity at work in creation, as well as present at the baptism of Christ, working together towards the salvation of man and in our own lives. We conclude that the trinity is not three gods, nor three parts or three modes.
A free gift from God offered to all. This free gift offers freedom from the power of death and a guarantee of eternal life to those who are unable to save themselves due to their own sinful nature. The work of salvation is a miracle, bringing the spiritually dead to new life through the grace of God. Salvation comes by God's mercy through faith in Christ alone. Those who are a new creation in Christ Jesus cannot lose their salvation.
It is in God's word where we come to know about who God is. The Bible is God's word without error. God literally breathed out His word using human authors whom were guided by the Holy Spirit as they wrote. Every word in the Bible included in the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament are equally inspired. The Bible is our final authority and is a trustworthy source of absolute truth.
The Church (Universal)
The Church includes all of those people who are called out, assembled by God. There is the "universal" church and the "local" church. The Universal church consists of all believers who have been, are present or will be brought together under Christ. The local church consists of smaller gatherings of believers within communities whose head is Christ. Wesley church is a local church that is just a small part of the universal church.
THe Local Church
The Local Church is to be equipping believers to do works of service, helping them to recognize and use the gifts that God has given them, working as God's vessels as He advances His Kingdom. The goal of this equipping is to help the church to reach a unity of the faith under the leadership of Christ. The church should be active in telling others about salvation through Jesus, fellowship, training and encouraging, service and worship in a safe and welcoming environment. Following the commands of Jesus the church practices, the baptism of believers, and the fellowship and hope of the Lord's Supper, better known as Communion. In the future, the church will be triumphant, reigning with Christ as its leader in the Kingdom of God.
Wesley Church recognizes marriage as an institution ordained and ordered by God, as clearly defined in the Bible as the union of one man and one woman. Insomuch, Wesley Church along with its Pastors, Staff and Voting Members will not perform marriages involving individuals of the same gender. Wesley Church along with its Pastors, Staff and Voting Members will only perform marriages involving one (1) legally born male, and one (1) legally born female. The building, grounds and property of Wesley Church shall not be used for the facilitation of a same-sex wedding ceremony.