The Mission of Anna United Methodist Church is to celebrate God's truth, love, and grace as we strive to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church with open hearts, open minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs.
As United Methodists, we seek to follow Jesus.
We seek to follow Jesus by loving God and loving neighbor.
We seek to follow Jesus by turning away from selfishness and sin, and turning towards God's love.
We seek to follow Jesus by learning and doing what Jesus taught.
We seek to follow Jesus through worship, teaching and serving - putting faith into action through our hearts, heads, and hands.
We have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. We believe that the table of Christ belongs to Jesus and not to humans. Therefore, all persons who seek to follow Jesus are invited to share communion with us.
We share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities. Persons from any Christian church or denomination can transfer their membership to a United Methodist church, and we will accept your baptism from your prior denomination.
We believe that Jesus loves all people and calls everyone to God through him. Jesus lived to teach us how to live, died that we might always live with God, and lives again to demonstrate God has victory over all we fear.
We believe that God wants all people who call Jesus as their savior and Lord to be assured that God loves them, that Jesus has already forgiven them, and that when they pass from this life, they will be with Jesus. Wesley called this the Doctrine of Assurance. Knowing that God loves you and Jesus has saved you frees Christians from a self-centered faith to a faith focused on loving God and loving neighbors.
John Wesley and the early Methodists believed that all Christians could learn the Bible and be able to follow Jesus in word and in action. Indeed, the name "Methodist" was originally meant as an insult to mock how methodically Methodists prayed and studied the Bible.
To help Christians learn how to live out their faith, Wesley started small group Bible studies, invented Sunday Schools, started the first Co-op to teach homeless skills to obtain jobs, opened the first free Christian hospitals, and invented the Credit Union to help people avoid the scourge of debtors prison.
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage and find how God wants you to put faith into meaningful action.
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