WHAT WE BELIEVE

Shiloh is an evangelical United Methodist Church. Methodists started as a revival movement led by John Wesley in England which spread to Colonial America. We are a part of mainline Christianity, sharing with Christians the faith handed down in the Scriptures and the Apostles Creed. The Confession of Faith below spells out our view on key ideas of the Christian faith. The particular emphases of Methodists include a combination of heartfelt faith in Christ for salvation combined with a life of Christian action to glorify God in gratitude for what He has done for us. We believe in cooperating with Christians of other denominations as a part of the wider Kingdom of God. We do not re-baptize because God's commitment to us goes beyond human denominations and divisions. You can read more about the faith we share with other Christians as well as our distinctive beliefs below.​​​​​​​


APOSTLES' CREED

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 church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.




BELIEFS THAT DEFINE US

The very heart of Christianity is having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The True God is the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We relate ultimately to the Creator God through His Son who was incarnated as the human Jesus of Nazareth. The Son lived for us, died for us, and provides us with eternal life through the forgiveness of sin. The Father is remaking all creation through His Son. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God at work in our lives and in the world to remake everything.


We believe that all humans have participated in rebellion against God through sin. None of us are innocent or deserve eternal life. All have turned away from God in pride and self-centered new. It is only through God's gift of grace in Jesus Christ that we can by made pure, holy, and in a right relationship with God. The bad news is all have failed. The good news is that God loves us too much to leave us in failure so Christ died that we might be made right with God.

     

We are human at Shiloh. None of us are perfect, and we are not hypocrites who pretend to be better than others by our own efforts. We are Christians by the free gift of God through Jesus Christ. The good we do and the changes for good in our life are the work of God through His Holy Spirit. We don't look down on others. We are like beggars who invite other beggars to come enjoy the food given to us. God is working in us to bring good, and God can work in you the same way!


As those who have been made children of God through Christ, we are called to reflect our heavenly Father. We are to do what God does. Jesus revealed to us how we are to love the Heavenly Father and the people He created. We are to be ambassadors for God, involved in bringing good, peace, justice, and reconciliation. God's Spirit at work in us brings about good works to the glory of God and the lifting up of Jesus Christ. In other words, we are to be the people who reflect God in action as well as words.


The Bible is the inspired Word of God that guides us to a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ, informs us of the life we are to live as Christians, and shapes our very character to glorify God and love Him fully. The Bible is central in our worship and learning at Shiloh. We take seriously our role to help you know God's will through the Bible.


VALUES WE LIVE BY

We believe the Christian life is lived out as individuals and communities in six main areas.


  • We recognize that the greatest call of a Christian is to love God with all of his or her heart, mind, soul, and strength. At Shiloh, we display our love for the God who first loved us in our worship and devotion. Contemporary praise music, strong biblical preaching, and heartfelt prayer characterize our corporate time with God. We provide materials to encourage our people to worship God in private times as well.
  • As those who have experienced the abundant life of knowing Jesus Christ as our leader or Lord and rescuer or Savior, we are called to share the message of God's love and the life offered by Him to others. This is our role of witness. We reach out locally, nationally, and internationally in a number of ways to point to Jesus Christ and the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Him.
  • Since God has so loved us, we are called to love one another in a special community or fellowship of love. God incorporates us into His very family through Jesus Christ. Loving our brothers and sisters in Christ is a vital part of who we are at Shiloh.
  • Jesus set an example for us by ministering to human need and pain wherever He encountered them. We believe our service to God includes practical caring for other humans. We minister to the needs of others by feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoners, caring for the sick, giving the thirsty clean water, comforting the bereaved, and many other ways. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in His name and with His guidance.
  • God is at work recreating us from the inside through His Holy Spirit. Our character is shaped to be more like Christ as we are faithful disciples in learning and growing. Worship, devotional times, and small group experiences all play a role in making us more like Jesus, filled with the fruits of His Spirit.
  • God has entrusted us with life, time, talents, and resources. How we manage those gifts tells who we are as Christians. We believe that good management of the gifts of God is the duty of stewardship. It begins with gratitude for what God has done for us and continues in how we care for ourselves and others. Our vows of membership include supporting God's work through prayer, giving, service, witness, and presence.

ARTICLES OF FAITH OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Article I — God

We believe in the one true, holy and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. He is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of men, to the glory of his name. We believe the one God reveals himself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.


Article II — Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. He is the eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering Servant he lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with the Father, from whence he shall return. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, and by him all men will be judged.


Article III — The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from and is one in being with the Father and the Son. He convinces the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He leads men through faithful response to the gospel into the fellowship of the Church. He comforts, sustains and empowers the faithful and guides them into all truth.


Article IV — The Holy Bible

We believe the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, reveals the Word of God so far as it is necessary for our salvation. It is to be received through the Holy Spirit as the true rule and guide for faith and practice. Whatever is not revealed in or established by the Holy Scriptures is not to be made an article of faith nor is it to be taught as essential to salvation.


Article V — The Church

We believe the Christian Church is the community of all true believers under the Lordship of Christ. We believe it is one, holy, apostolic and catholic. It is the redemptive fellowship in which the Word of God is preached by men divinely called, and the sacraments are duly administered according to Christ's own appointment. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit the Church exists for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers and the redemption of the world.


Article VI — The Sacraments

We believe the Sacraments, ordained by Christ, are symbols and pledges of the Christian's profession and of God's love toward us. They are means of grace by which God works invisibly in us, quickening, strengthening and confirming our faith in him. Two Sacraments are ordained by Christ our Lord, namely Baptism and the Lord's Supper.


We believe Baptism signifies entrance into the household of faith, and is a symbol of repentance and inner cleansing from sin, a representation of the new birth in Christ Jesus and a mark of Christian discipleship.


We believe children are under the atonement of Christ and as heirs of the Kingdom of God are acceptable subjects for Christian Baptism. Children of believing parents through Baptism become the special responsibility of the Church. They should be nurtured and led to personal acceptance of Christ, and by profession of faith confirm their Baptism.


We believe the Lord's Supper is a representation of our redemption, a memorial of the sufferings and death of Christ, and a token of love and union which Christians have with Christ and with one another. Those who rightly, worthily and in faith eat the broken bread and drink the blessed cup partake of the body and blood of Christ in a spiritual manner until he comes.


Article VII — Sin and Free Will

We believe man is fallen from righteousness and, apart from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is destitute of holiness and inclined to evil. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. In his own strength, without divine grace, man cannot do good works pleasing and acceptable to God. We believe, however, man influenced and empowered by the Holy Spirit is responsible in freedom to exercise his will for good.


Article VIII — Reconciliation Through Christ

We believe God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself. The offering Christ freely made on the cross is the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, redeeming man from all sin, so that no other satisfaction is required.


Article IX — Justification and Regeneration

We believe we are never accounted righteous before God through our works or merit, but that penitent sinners are justified or accounted righteous before God only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe regeneration is the renewal of man in righteousness through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, whereby we are made partakers of the divine nature and experience newness of life. By this new birth the believer becomes reconciled to God and is enabled to serve him with the will and the affections.

We believe, although we have experienced regeneration, it is possible to depart from grace and fall into sin; and we may even then, by the grace of God, be renewed in righteousness.


Article X — Good Works

We believe good works are the necessary fruits of faith and follow regeneration but they do not have the virtue to remove our sins or to avert divine judgment. We believe good works, pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, spring from a true and living faith, for through and by them faith is made evident.


Article XI — Sanctification and Christian Perfection

We believe sanctification is the work of God's grace through the Word and the Spirit, by which those who have been born again are cleansed from sin in their thoughts, words and acts, and are enabled to live in accordance with God's will, and to strive for holiness without which no one will see the Lord.


Entire sanctification is a state of perfect love, righteousness and true holiness which every regenerate believer may obtain by being delivered from the power of sin, by loving God with all the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by loving one's neighbor as one's self. Through faith in Jesus Christ this gracious gift may be received in this life both gradually and instantaneously, and should be sought earnestly by every child of God.


We believe this experience does not deliver us from the infirmities, ignorance, and mistakes common to man, nor from the possibilities of further sin. The Christian must continue on guard against spiritual pride and seek to gain victory over every temptation to sin. He must respond wholly to the will of God so that sin will lose its power over him; and the world, the flesh, and the devil are put under his feet. Thus he rules over these enemies with watchfulness through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Article XII — The Judgment and the Future State

We believe all men stand under the righteous judgment of Jesus Christ, both now and in the last day. We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the righteous to life eternal and the wicked to endless condemnation.


Article XIII — Public Worship

We believe divine worship is the duty and privilege of man who, in the presence of God, bows in adoration, humility and dedication. We believe divine worship is essential to the life of the Church, and that the assembling of the people of God for such worship is necessary to Christian fellowship and spiritual growth.


We believe the order of public worship need not be the same in all places but may be modified by the church according to circumstances and the needs of men. It should be in a language and form understood by the people, consistent with the Holy Scriptures to the edification of all, and in accordance with the order and Discipline of the Church.


Article XIV — The Lord's Day

We believe the Lord's Day is divinely ordained for private and public worship, for rest from unnecessary work, and should be devoted to spiritual improvement, Christian fellowship and service. It is commemorative of our Lord's resurrection and is an emblem of our eternal rest. It is essential to the permanence and growth of the Christian Church, and important to the welfare of the civil community.


Article XV — The Christian and Property

We believe God is the owner of all things and that the individual holding of property is lawful and is a sacred trust under God. Private property is to be used for the manifestation of Christian love and liberality, and to support the Church's mission in the world. All forms of property, whether private, corporate or public, are to be held in solemn trust and used responsibly for human good under the sovereignty of God.


Article XVI — Civil Government

We believe civil government derives its just powers from the sovereign God. As Christians we recognize the governments under whose protection we reside and believe such governments should be based on, and be responsible for, the recognition of human rights under God. We believe war and bloodshed are contrary to the gospel and spirit of Christ. We believe it is the duty of Christian citizens to give moral strength and purpose to their respective governments through sober, righteous and godly living.