Saint Mark UMC holds strong beliefs with regard to faith in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We profess and seek to live out our Profession of Faith as contained in both the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture. The following questions and answers are a statement of the faith we believe:
Do you believe in God the Father?
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic** church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
**catholic means universal
Our Beliefs about The Sacraments
Saint Mark UMC acknowledges and practices two Christian Sacraments: The Sacrament of Christian Baptism and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. As such, we believe these Sacraments are "Holy Moments" when we encounter Almighty God, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Christian Baptism
Saint Mark UMC believes that through the Sacrament of Christian Baptism we are initiated into Christ's Holy church. As a Christian denomination, we believe in and practice infant baptism as represented by the Holy Scripture. United Methodists believe in the mystery of God's grace and love that is available to an infant through Baptism. Saint Mark also believes and accepts one's choice in what is known as Believer's Baptism.
We believe that the working of God in and through Baptism incorporates us into God's acts of salvation and that we are given new birth. We also believe that the work of God in and through Baptism is God's gift to us - a gift offered to us without price.
Saint Mark UMC accepts and practices three modes of Baptism: Sprinkling, Pouring, and Immersion. We believe that no one mode of baptism makes us more baptized than the other - all are equal.
We believe in and practice Baptism as a community celebration, and as such, Baptism is performed in community worship services. We believe that Baptism is a powerful witness that the Living God is transforming lives in a lost and hurting world.
Lastly, Saint Mark UMC does not practice re-baptism, or a second baptism, to become a member of the church. We hold firm that God's act in Baptism is always right the first time. Saint Mark does practice and offers anyone so desiring a service of reaffirming the precious statement of belief.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Saint Mark UMC actively participates in the offering and receiving of Holy Communion. We believe that Almighty God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are the hosts of the table at Holy Communion. We believe the Justifying Act of Jesus Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection makes it possible for us to come to receive Holy Communion.
We believe the table of Holy Communion should be open to all who have confessed their sins and accepted the forgiveness of Christ through His death and resurrection, regardless of denomination affiliation. Our forefather, John Wesley, believed that the moment of taking the Sacrament of Holy Communion can itself be a moment of spiritual conversion.
Saint Mark believes that participating in the Sacrament of Holy Communion makes us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.