The Poplar Springs United Methodist Charge is a member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. As a member of this community we affirm the basic foundations of the Christian faith, as summarized in the Apostle's, Nicene, & Creeds. In addition to these beliefs, we also celebrate and claim our Wesleyan heritage, which informs the way we interact with God's Word and our world. What follows is a brief outline of these basic beliefs, for more information on the beliefs of the United Methodist Church, please check here.
God - We believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who has revealed Himself through His Word and through our world. He has created all things and alone is sovereign over them.
Jesus - We believe that Jesus Christ is the only son of God, and took on flesh and walked among us. He was born of the Virgin Mary and was both fully God and fully man. We believe he died on the cross and that God raised Him from the dead on the third day. After appearing to the disciples he ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God.
Holy Spirit - We believe in the Holy Spirit, God living with us. We believe the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives and in our world today.
Salvation - Salvation is a gift of God's grace through Jesus Christ. We believe that sin has driven a wedge between humanity and God and that we are unable through our own works to reconcile that relationship. Through His death on the cross, Jesus Christ paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins so that we could once again have a relationship with God. Through God's grace we are able to recieve this salvation which Christ offers to all men by placing our trust and faith fully in Him.
Church - We believe that the church is the body of Christ on earth, called by Him to do his work, share His love, and take the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus to all people. In the church we learn and grow together in our faith and reach as one to those who are in need.
The Bible - We believe the Bible is the Word of God, given through divine inspiration to those God chose throughout history.
Theology - As United Methodists we believe that our understanding of God is informed primarily by Scripture, but that God has also given us logic, our experience, and the tradition of the church to aid that understanding.