There is a long answer and a short answer to the question of the beliefs of the United Methodist Church.
The short answer is, we believe in the orthodox, traditional faith of the Christian Church as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. That orthodox belief can be encapsulated in the various ancient creeds, so this page is structured around the Apostle’s Creed.
The Creed is divided into sections affirming the doctrine of the trinity (three-in-one God).
We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
God The Son
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
God The 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 life everlasting.
* – catholic means universal, it is not a reference to the Roman Catholic denomination.