The basic beliefs of the United Methodist Church include:
TRIUNE GOD - God is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
SCRIPTURE - The writings in the Old Testament and New Testament are the inspired word of God.
SACRAMENTS - The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments which are Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. It believes that Baptism is a sacrament in which God initiates a covenant with individuals, people become part of the Church, is not to be repeated, and is a means of grace. The United Methodist Church generally practices Baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion and recognizes baptism from other Christian denominations in good standing. The United Methodist Church affirms the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion, believes the sacrament to be a means of grace, and practices open communion.