The Wesleyan Church sits in the mainstream, historic and universal church. The simplest affirmation of our understanding of the Christian faith rests in the most ancient creed: Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3). We also affirm the historic words the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, declarations that would be affirmed by most Christian churches. In addition, we have explained the basics of our theological positions with the following statements—the first succinct, the second in more detail.
- We believe in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ the Son suffered in our place on the cross, that He died but rose again, that He now sits at the Father’s right hand until He returns to judge every person at the last day.
- We believe in the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God.
- We believe that by the grace of God every person has the ability and responsibility to choose between right and wrong, and that those who repent of their sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith.
- We believe that God not only counts the believer as righteous, but that He makes such persons righteous, freeing them from sin’s dominion at conversion, purifying their hearts by faith, perfecting them in love at entire sanctification, and providing for their growth in grace at every stage of spiritual life, enabling them through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to live victorious lives.