What Are the Basic Doctrines and Beliefs of the Methodist Church?

The basic doctrines and beliefs of the Methodist church are to use logic and reason in interpreting questions of faith, to engage in missionary work and other forms of spreading the gospel, and belief in the three graces granted by the Holy Spirit. These all descend from John Wesley’s precepts.

Wesley’s three precepts include shunning evil and avoiding participation in wicked acts, performing kind deeds, and obeying the edicts of God. From these basic precepts, more complex beliefs and doctrines of the Methodist church were created. These include God being both all-knowing and possessing both infinite goodness and love. Methodists believe that God is the embodiment of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Methodists also believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and that he died for the sins of mankind. Accordingly, they believe the only forgiveness for the sins of mankind comes from belief in Jesus, and mankind’s salvation cannot come from good deeds or anything other than faith in Jesus. Methodists also believe in baptism as a form of formally inducting a person into the Methodist family and in the symbolic value of Communion to reaffirm continued faith in Jesus. However, Methodists believe they should work in accordance with other Christians to spread God’s love across the world.