The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and by exemplifying Jesus' command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world. The fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world is the vision Scripture holds before us.
The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of all. As we make disciples, we respect persons of all religious faiths and we defend religious freedom for all persons.
Jesus' words in Matthew provide the Church with our mission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" (28:19-20), and "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. . . . And you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (22:37, 39).
We make disciples as we:
- Proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ;
- Lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;
- Nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley's Christian conferencing;
- Send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and
- Continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.
The Apostles Creed
Each Sunday during worship services we affirm our faith by repeating the Apostles Creed, the Affirmation of Faith most widely used in the United Methodist Church:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and 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, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I 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. Amen.
As United Methodists, we believe the Sacraments are symbols and pledges of our faith and of God's love toward us. They are a means of grace in which God works within us, strengthening and confirming our faith in Him. The two Sacraments ordained by Christ are Holy Communion and Baptism.
We have an open table at Ocilla UMC. This means that "all who love Him, ernestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another" are welcome at Christ's table. Communion is served by the method of intinction. A whole loaf of bread is broken, representing the body of Christ which is broken for us. The bread is dipped into a single cup of grape juice, which represents the blood of Christ shed for us, before being consumed. Single-serving bread and juice is available for those sensitive to gluten or whose immune systems are compromised. For more information on Holy Communion, visit UMC.org.
Baptism is an act of God's grace to be received as part of the journey of salvation. Baptism offers the promise that the Holy Spirit will always be working in our lives. For more information on Baptism in the United Methodist Church, visit UMC.org.
Last revised 7/2018