Our Beliefs


 

The People of Oak Forest United Methodist Church

We believe that God has great plans for Oak Forest United Methodist. 

"We can't see the future and some of us may not get there, but I believe this community of faith's future is good.  God has a plan for this church.  God keeps blessing our medical ministries.  We are the only United Methodist Church in the state of Arkansas to my knowledge that has a medical clinic, dental clinic and now a vision clinic.  Corporations are blessing us, foundations are reaching out to us and now it is time for our congregation to continue reaching out.  I need you to bring in people to our community of faith.  You have neighbors, family and friends who do not have a church home.  Invite them to worship with us on Sunday. " --Pastor Russ

Oak Forest members...

Help people in their community

Accept you for who you are

Offer a place to belong

Care for and support each other

Show respect for other religions

Support people facing difficulty

Welcome diverse opinions and beliefs

Guide others to find deeper meaning.

 

Look to the Lord and His strength. Seek His face always.

                __ Psalm 105:4

 

What We Believe

United Methodists share with other Christians:
  • The belief in the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • A faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
  • The belief that God’s redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers.
  • The recognition that the reign of God as both a present and future reality.
  • The recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith and practice.
  • The celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.


Our Distinctive United Methodist Heritage and Beliefs

As United Methodists…

  • Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as threefold: prevenient grace, justifying grace and sanctifying grace.
  • We understand the Christian life as one in which faith and love are put into action.
  • United Methodists insist that faith and good works belong together.
  • Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service.
  • United Methodists maintain a balanced view in their ways of thinking through Christian doctrine and is often referred to as the “Wesleyan Quadrilateral.” United Methodists believe that the living core of the Christian faith is revealed in scripture, illumined by tradition, enlivened by experience and confirmed by reason.