Who is the Cambridge Methodist Church?

Love God, Love Others, Serving Both

We are men and women, just like you, who desire to know and worship God and make an impact on the world by putting our faith into action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We live out our faith through a Biblical foundation of loving God, loving others, and serving both.

Loving God: John 4:24 NIV
"God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Loving Others: John 13:34-35 NIV
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Serving Both: Mark 10:45 NIV
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Below, you will find a brief list of what we, the people of the Cambridge Methodist Church believe.  If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at office.cambridgeilmc@gmail.com.

Our Core Values

Scripture - The Holy Bible is our primary source for Christian doctrine. We affirm that the core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture as “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3; NRSV). We look to the Bible therefore as our authority and trustworthy guide, which “is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16; NRSV). Illuminated by tradition, reason, and experience, the revelation of Scripture is the church’s primary and final authority on all matters of faith and practice.

Tradition - Our attempt to understand God does not start anew with each generation or each person. Our faith also does not leap from New Testament time to the present as though nothing could be learned from all Christian thinkers and preachers in between. We learn from our traditions, but Scripture remains the norm by which all traditions are judged.

Experience - In our theological task, we examine experience, both personal and church-wide, to confirm the realities of God’s grace attested in the Scripture. Experience is the personal appropriation of God’s forgiving and empowering grace. Experience authenticates in our own lives the truths revealed in Scripture and illumined in tradition.

Reason - Although we recognize that God’s revelation and our experiences of God’s grace continually surpass the scope of reason, we also believe that disciplined theological work calls for the careful use of reason. By reason we read and interpret Scripture. By reason we determine whether our Christian witness is clear. By reason we ask questions of faith and seek to understand God’s action and will.

Mission - Creating environments where the un-churched, de-churched, and over-churched people can become developing followers of Jesus Christ.


 

We Believe In...

THE NICENE CREED – The Trinitarian God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The entire Creed may be found here.

THE ARTICLES OF RELIGION OF THE METHODIST CHURCH – Which may be found here.

THE LIVING GOD - Christianity is not merely a set of doctrines, a list of do’s and don’ts, or even profound emotions. The faith is first a vital relationship with God through Christ made real in us by the Holy Spirit. This relationship of love transforms us and makes us know that we are worth something.

GODS LOVE - We believe in God’s love (John 3:16), first as a gift that is free rather than a wage that is earned by “being good” (Ephesians 2:8-9), then as a demand to respond to God’s love with love toward God and His creations (Matthew 22:36-40). Finally, we believe in God’s love as a power to become more like Jesus in our actions and our words.

OUR SAVIOR & LORD - Christ not only saves us from anything that would enslave or destroy us, he is also our loving leader and shepherd, the one we report to and the one we want to please (John 14:15).

BALANCE OF HEART AND HEAD - The love of God does touch us deeply and move us emotionally. At the same time, we do not accept everything that “feels” right, nor are we asked to believe in nonsense, everything must be tested against God’s Holy Word. God gave us the gift of emotion and discernment; we strive to use both as we journey towards Him.

THE BIBLE – is the living written word of God, it is the guide and “measurement” of our beliefs and actions.

MEANS OF GRACE – are gifts of the Spirit that God has given us: such as the Lords Supper, Baptism, prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship and the acts of service. Yes, God is in everything, but we are more likely to encounter God when we are praying, reading the Bible, and serving Him and His people, than when we are not.

DISCIPLINED LIVING - We “press on” to live ever more faithful and courageous lives. This does not happen if we pay attention to God only when we need Him. If we fail to be committed, devoted followers of the one true God, we will remain shallow in our personal lives and fearful in our public witness to His glory.