We are group of people who desire to live life in relationship with God. We don’t always get it right but at the end of the day we have Christ Jesus to relieve us of our anxiety and the Holy Spirit to give us support. We want to share with others the joy and relief that we have found. Here are some of the things that we believe:
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)
“Building a deeper relationship with Jesus and sharing Him with those around us and around the world.”
We, in Communion with JESUS CHRIST, are a Community of friends and families who love and trust Him and passionately pursue the Christ-like Character essential to fulfill our Commission to change our lives and world for Him.
Prior to the appointment in 1890 of Rev. George B. Draper as pastor in the Pactolus Community, the people used the school house as a place of worship. Rev. Draper brought with him the building spirit and the first church was built. The community united to build the church. The land, labor, and materials were all donated to construct what was was then Pactolus Methodist Church.
In the late 1930’s a move was made to renovate he church building, however, World War II delayed this effort. In 1949 the Rev. Rye Fleenor was appointed as pastor and the idea of renovation was once again brought up. This time instead of just renovating the existing structure the church decided to build a new building. Once again the community came together and land, labor, and materials were donated. The windows, steeple, and many of the fixtures were hand crafted by men working at the Tennessee Eastman Company. It was considered a very modern building with a basement and not one but two indoor bathrooms. The only thing not crafted new for the building was the bell. It was brought over from the old church building and is still in use to this day. On June 27, 1954 the new church building was consecrated for use.
In the 1980’s the front of the church was equipped with a wheelchair ramp. In the early 1990’s a kitchen was added to the basement. In the early 2000’s a handicap accessible bathroom was installed upstairs, a covered picnic shelter was built, and a covered ramp leading to the basement was added for handicap accessibility to the basement. Most recently a community prayer garden has been added, as well as installing a multi-media system that allows for the expansion of ministry capabilities.
Having said this the church mentioned in the bible is not a building, rather it is a people. Throughout the almost 125 years since Pactolus church has existed, it has been a place where people from the community have gathered. The main gathering is the worship service, but the the building is used for numerous other activities.
The church has been a place that has provided food for the hungry, as well as a place where people can go to warm up if the heat goes out during the winter. Today, the church offers many services to the community including a food pantry and clothes closet.
We look back and see God’s hand and work and look forward to what He has in store for the people of Pactolus U.M.C.
United Methodist Beliefs
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:
We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
- We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
- We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
- We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.
- We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
- We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
- We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
- We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
- We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
The Holy Spirit
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
- We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
- We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
- We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
- We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
- We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
- We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.
- We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
- We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
- We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
- We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures)
Excerpts from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13-14.
For more in depth information please visit: http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.1707359/k.BE59/Beliefs.htm