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What we believe

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God in three persons

We believe in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We know this through the word of God his truth.

We know Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and buried and descended into hell; on the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father and will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe our God lives and shares our lives with us in way we may never realize, but on our journey of faith that lasts all the days of our lives, we understand what was told to us in Jeremiah1:5, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” God is always with us.

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Humanity

As Methodist we encourage the thought process of John Wesley who understood human nature better than most men of any time.

John 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.

Read some quotes from his mind and see with us if your mind can understand and empathize with how today has been affected or neglected by human nature.

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”
― John Wesley

“We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”
― John Wesley

“Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.”
― John Wesley

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.”
― John Wesley

“Catch on fire and others will love to come watch you burn.”
― John Wesley

“Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can”
― John Wesley

“Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?”
― John Wesley

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Salvation

By the grace of God we are saved and have faith. By the blood of Jesus Christ we have the choice to be disciples of God and share the good news. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can be what we were created to be as children and friends of God.

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Grace

Prevenient Grace of God. Wesley understood grace as God’s active presence in our lives. This presence is not dependent on human actions or human response. It is a gift — a gift that is always available, but that can be refused.

Justifying Grace of God. This points to reconciliation, pardon, and restoration. Through the work of God in Christ our sins are forgiven, and our relationship with God is restored. John Wesley called this process justification. Justification is what happens when Christians abandon all those vain attempts to justify themselves before God, to be seen as “just” in God’s eyes through religious and moral practices.

Sanctifying Grace of God. Salvation is not a static, one-time event in our lives. It is the ongoing experience of God’s gracious presence transforming us into whom God intends us to be. John Wesley described this dimension of God’s grace as sanctification, or holiness.

About our pastor

Pastor Lee Sayer

Pastor Lee Sayer

Hi, I’m Pastor Lee Sayer a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church. I am the wife of John and mother to three adult children who gifted us with seven wonderful grandchildren. All of us are as imperfect as any human being and as blessed to have each other for encouragement and friendship as disciples of Jesus Christ. Local Pastors have generally already had a career or are in one before they were called to be a Pastor. I am no different. This career is perhaps the one I’ve been training for my whole life through my family, church and work experiences. I’m blessed to be of service in the First United Methodist Church of New Lothrop and look forward to the next forward thinking step this church is excited about taking. I know with all that I am that God is no stranger to any of us as we are told in Jeremiah, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” and loves us all as the unique and gifted individuals he created us to be.

I pray for all of you who read this and look forward to someday hearing what you love to do for the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Peace & Joy
Pastor Lee

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