Wickline United Methodist Church is a part of Christ's one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic Church. We affirm the historic creeds of the Church, in particular the Apostle's Creed (from the 3rd century) and the Nicene Creed (from the 4th century). We also affirm the foundational documents of the United Methodist Church as authoritative for our doctrine and practice.
The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
United Methodist Foundational Documents
The United Methodist denomination was formed in 1968 by the merger of two denominations: the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church. The denomination's foundational documents are four:
- The Articles of Religion (from the Methodist Church),
- The Confession of Faith (from the EUB Church),
- The General Rules of the Methodist Church, and
- John Wesley's Sermons & Notes on the New Testament
For more information on these four documents visit here.