Our Common Christian Heritage


As United Methodists, we share a common heritage of faith with Christians of every age and nation. This heritage is grounded in the biblical witness to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, which is the source and measure of all valid Christian teaching.


With Christians of other denominations we confess belief in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. At the heart of the gospel of salvation is God's incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. Scripture witnesses to the redeeming love of God in Jesus' life and teachings, his atoning death, his resurrection, his sovereign presence in history, his triumph over the powers of evil and death, and his promised return. Because God truly loves us in spite of our willful sin, God judges us, summons us to repentance, pardons us, receives us by that grace given to us in Jesus Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven, reconciled to God, and transformed as people of the new covenant.


We United Methodists understand ourselves to be part of Christ's universal church. We are incorporated into this world-wide community of faith by Baptism, receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit that re-creates and transforms us. Through the regular celebration of Holy Communion, we participate in the risen presence of Jesus Christ and are thereby nourished for faithful discipleship.

World Christian Fellowship Window

The World Christian Fellowship Window

The Upper Room Chapel

Nashville, Tennessee