United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:


We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.



The Holy Spirit

Human Beings

The Church

The Bible

The Reign of God


With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.


The Lord's Supper (Communion, Eucharist)