A unique belief of the United Methodist Church is John Wesley’s “Quadrilateral.” These are four avenues of faith that are most easily remembered as the acronym R.E.S.T. This is not the order of importance, but it is the only order that spells a word that is easy to remember!
God gave us brains to think. We are not to park our brains on the coat rack on the way into church and pick it up again afterwards. We have the ability to reason individually and together. A church that is not a thinking church can be a scary church! Our thinking, however is not sufficient, it is balanced with our experience of God, the Scriptures, and our tradition.
All the thinking in the world is no substitute for a personal experience of faith. Our individual experience of God in Jesus Christ is central to our understanding of faith. We nourish our experience of God in worship and prayer. We also filter our personal experience through our reasoning, the Scriptures, and our tradition.
We believe that scripture is the revealed Word of God that is the primary source of knowing God and living a life of faith. We believe we do a disservice to the rich diversity of the scriptures when we try to reduce it to a wooden literalism in every area. Our reading of Scripture is balanced with our own reason, experience, and tradition.
Tradition is the living faith of those who have gone before us and it is the foundation of the church. We are not alone. We are one church among many. We are very proud of our rich tradition here at Trinity and in the United Methodist Church. Yet, our tradition is empty remembering without our reason, personal experience of God, and the Scriptures.
Trinity is a not a place where everyone agrees on everything and pushes for conformity. Trinity is a place where we humbly acknowledge that no one has all the answers. We believe that we are all on this journey of faith together and there needs to be a place where people with very real differences can worship and celebrate life together. You are invited to share this journey! See you Sunday!
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