We believe in the one true, holy and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of humanity, to the glory of God’s name. We believe the one God reveals godself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, (or creator, redeemer, and sustainer) distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.1
One of our strongest understandings of God can be found in 1 John 4:8 that “God is love.” All throughout scripture we can see that God acts on behalf of humanity because of God’s love for humanity. For instance, despite the Hebrew people’s wicked ways and doubt, God still intercedes on their behalf in the desert (Ex. 16:2-5). God’s love for humanity reaches culmination in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.. Knowing that God the Almighty would empty Godself to become human so that we may have forgiveness of sins is proof enough of God’s love of humanity (Phil. 2:7).
God is a God of omnipresence and action. Jeremiah 23:34 says “Do I not fill the heaven and earth? Saith the Lord.” God is present with and working in every inch of the created world, from the rain that falls from the sky, to the sun that rises every morning, to the baby that giggles at its parents. God is not only present in the created world though. God is also present when a child does well in school, or when a meal is given to the hungry. God is even present, though not the cause, in tragedies such as accidents and shootings. God is present and taking an active part, whether that be encouraging, supporting, or comforting.
- “Article I – God” in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. (Nashville, The United Methodist Publishing House , 2016), ¶104.