The Methodist church shares many of the common tenets of other branches of Christianity. The teachings of John Wesley guide the beliefs of the Methodist church, and it places particular emphasis on social service and missionary work.
The Methodist movement was a reform movement that took place in the 18th century in which John Wesley and his younger brother Charles were central figures. It became a revival in opposition to some of the practices of the Church of England. The core teachings of the faith are that all people are sinners by nature and redeemed only by acts of faith. Personal salvation comes through mission activities and serving others, leading to a strong emphasis on serving the poor and needy. The faith emphasizes treating others kindly and loving one's neighbors.
The Methodists eventually split from the Anglican Church, though the faith still follows Anglican sacramental rites such as baptism and communion. Methodist theology puts a strong emphasis on reason and interpreting the Bible in a way that is logically consistent and provides for reasonable interpretations of God's will.
Some of the foundational documents of the church are the Articles of Religion, The Confession of Faith, and Wesley's General Rules of the Methodist Church.