Methodism originated in England in the 18th century, inspired by the teachings of John Wesley. Methodists believe that God is all-knowing and omnipotent, and that only true faith in Jesus can save humans from sin. Methodist baptism involves anointing a person with holy water to bring him into the church.
Early Methodists believed in Christian living, and in inviting other people to join the church. Methodists view grace as the love and mercy that God gives to people because he wants them to have it. John Wesley recognized three kinds of grace: prevenient grace (a gift that people can accept or refuse), justifying grace (reconciliation and pardon) and sanctifying grace (living the way Jesus lived.)
While Methodists believe that faith in Jesus is the only way to salvation, they also believe that people must use logic and reason when discussing their faith. This belief separates Methodism from other Protestant faiths. The church supports missionary work as a way of spreading God's word.
Methodist baptism is viewed as a symbol of a new life, and can be performed on people of all ages. Anointing the person with water may involve sprinkling it on him, pouring it over him or immersing him in it.
Members of Methodist church take part in Communion, which is also known as the Eucharist. They believe that the bread and wine used in the service is Christ's body and blood, and that the ceremony is an offering to the Holy Spirit.