What We Believe
SUMC is a community that:
- Believes the one God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- has created all things.
- Is centered in Jesus Christ the Savior of the whole world through the power of His cross and resurrection.
- Is empowered by the Holy Spirit to worship and praise God and spread the gospel by words and actions.
- Acknowledges the authority of the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.
- Recognizes the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed as life giving confessions of the Christian faith.
SUMC acts on beliefs by affirming that:
- Everyone, regardless of their station or circumstances in life, has been made in the image of God and deserves dignity, justice, and respect. We denounce as sin racism, sexism, and other discriminations against any person. Life is a holy gift of God whose beginnings and endings are set by God, and it is the duty of believers to protect those who may be powerless to protect themselves. (Genesis 1-2, 2:7, Leviticus 19:32, Deuteronomy 16:19-20, Jeremiah 1:5, Luke 11:41-44, 19:9, Colossians 3:11).
- God has called us to share His concern for all people. We are called to improve the quality of life and opportunities for everyone. (Leviticus 19:9-10, Matthew 25:37-40, Luke 6:20-25, James 2:1-5).
- Human sexuality is a gift from God that is to be affirmed through a spiritual covenant of a loving and monogamous marriage between one man and one woman. Expressions of sexual behavior, such as pornography, polygamy, and promiscuity, that seek to exploit, abuse, objectify, degrade, or that represent less than God’s intentional design for His children are wrong. We affirm the redemptive grace of Jesus and commit to being a place of refuge, hospitality, and healing for any who may have experienced brokenness in their sexual lives (Genesis 1:27, 2:24, Exodus 20:14, Matthew 19:3-9, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, Ephesians 5:22-33).
- Children, whether through birth or adoption, are a sacred gift from God, and we accept responsibility to protect and nurture the youngest among us, particularly against such abuses as enforced child labor, involuntary conscription, human trafficking, and other harmful practices. (Deuteronomy 4:9-10, Psalm 127:3-5, 1 Timothy 5:4, 8:16).
- The rule of justice and law in society supports the right of individuals to live without discrimination or persecution based on their gender, economic status, ethnicity, tribal identity, age, immigration status, religious beliefs, or political views. This community commits to work to reduce the bitterness that has overflowed in God’s world (Genesis 12:1, Isaiah 1:17, 11:1-9, Matthew 5:44, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Romans 8:35, Ephesians 2:19-10).
- The practice of the Golden Rule, treating others as we would wish to be treated, can effectively guide our social and business relationships. We seek to cultivate the mind of Christ and a heart for others (Matthew 7:12, Romans 12:1-2).