The following is a condensed view of what we believe, which is a picture and goal of who we seek to be.
Students of the Bible
The inspired, authoritative Word of God is the basis of faith for Free Methodists. We endeavor to live our lives according to its teachings (James 1:22-25). Our churches offer Bible teaching for all ages, preschool through adults, so that all may grow in grace and faith.
Devoted to Christ
Free Methodists are among those who have experienced what the Bible calls being “born again” through faith in Jesus Christ, as explained by Jesus to Nicodemus in John 3:1-17. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, described his own conversion by saying that when Christ came into his life, “My heart was strangely warmed.” The life-changing miracle of spiritual birth makes a Free Methodist, or any other believer, “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an obedient walk with Him characterize Free Methodist Christians.
Seeking to Live Holy Lives
As a people, Free Methodists seek to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18), exhibit the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23) and live disciplined lives in accord with the Bible’s teachings. The Bible speaks of being “sanctified,” which has two meanings: set apart and cleansed. Being set apart unto Christ and cleansed and filled by the Holy Spirit is more than a goal. It is a way of life taught in the Scriptures.
Free Methodists seek to worship God “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23). From church to church, and in multiple services of some local congregations, varieties of worship styles may be found. Yet, the heart of worship is to glorify God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to receive biblical instruction.
The goal of Free Methodists is to represent Jesus Christ in our daily living. The Bible calls this, being a “witness” for him. It’s similar to a witness in court who gives testimony about what he or she has experienced. We endeavor to do this both through the way we live and in sharing the good news about Jesus Christ with others. Not known to be “hard sell” in our methods, we seek to be humble in showing forth Christ through our lives and lips.
Year after year, Free Methodists are at or near the top in per-capita giving of tithes and offerings. Because of our love for the Lord, we follow His example in caring and in generosity. Our compassionate outreach to those in need is seen not only in local congregations but also in institutional ministries for those with needs Christians can help to meet.
A Belonging People
Free Methodists have planted the church and its Christian witness across the North American continent and around the world in nearly 50 countries. As a Christian denomination, Free Methodists belong to the Lord and to each other, even though we speak many world languages. They also belong to various evangelical interdenominational associations.
World Mission Global Christians
Taking seriously the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20), Free Methodists have gone across the street, into the inner city, and around the world with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Local churches, followed by the denomination’s Christian colleges, universities and seminary programs, train and equip men and women for Christian ministry at home and abroad.
People with a Mission
“The mission of the Free Methodist Church is to make known to all people everywhere God’s call to wholeness through forgiveness and holiness in Jesus Christ, and to invite into membership and equip for ministry all who respond in faith.”
-Adapted from an article written by Bob Haslam