What We Believe

Calvary UMC affirms the basic tenets of the Christian faith professed in the historic creeds of the church and affirmed by the churches of many traditions around the globe.  As United Methodists, we have inherited a rich tradition rooted in the theology of John Wesley.

Below you will find a brief statement of our Christian faith.  You can learn more about the specific of United Methodist belief, tradition, and history here:  http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe

As United Methodists we are a connectional church.  Every year pastors and lay members of all 641 churches in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference meet for worship, planning, visioning, and doing the business of the church.  You can find a report from this past year’s annual conference session written by Calvary’s lay delegates here: Annual Conference Report

The Trinity

We believe in the one true, and living God, who exists in three separate persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Read more...

God the Father/Creator

God created all that is out of love and continues to show us love and grace.  Read more...

God the Son/Redeemer

God became flesh in Jesus Christ in whose life, death, and resurrection we find hope, forgiveness, and salvation.  Read more...

God the Holy Spirit/Sustainer

The Holy Spirit is God at work in the world and in us, inspiring, guiding, empowering, and transforming.  Read more...

Human Beings

Though made in the image of God, all of us are sinners in need of God’s grace.  Read more...

The Church

We need a community of faith to support us, pray for us, encourage and challenge us, and help us to grow in our walk with Jesus.  Read more...

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.  Read more...

Salvation

We are saved by God’s grace alone.  We respond to that grace through faithful living.  Read more...

Sacraments

Baptism and Holy Communion are both sacraments, outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace.  Read more...

Kingdom of God

While Jesus showed us glimpses of the Kingdom of God and we continue to catch glimpses where God’s will is done, the complete restoration of creation is yet to come.  Read more...