What We Believe

The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens door and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

At First UMC, we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. Founded as a reform movement in England in the 1730’s by John and Charles Wesley, the Methodist Church was established in America in 1784. Since then Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation, and especially Texas. Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Southwestern University in Georgetown were both founded and supported by Methodists. Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Methodist Mission Home and Hospital System in San Antonio, and hospitals in Houston and Dallas were also begun by the Methodist Church.

United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the source of all that is necessary and sufficient for salvation, and the true rule and guide for faith and practice. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace, respect and compassion.

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

Two considerations are central to this endeavor: the sources from which we derive our theological affirmations and the criteria by which we assess the adequacy of our understanding and witness.

John Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.

Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage. If you want to learn more about the history of First United Methodist church check out the History tab on our website.