What We Believe

What we believe, how we live out our faith...

WHAT WE BELIEVE AS CHRISTIANS:

We believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and have faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. We believe that God's love is realized through the activity of the Holy spirit. We recognize the reign of God as both a present and future reality and the authority of Scripture in matters of faith and practice. We celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

WHAT WE BELIEVE AS UNITED METHODISTS:

Grace is central to our understanding of the Christian faith and life. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as threefold: prevenient grace, justifying grace, and sanctifying grace.


We understand the Christian life as one in which faith and love are put into action and we insist that faith and good works belong together. Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. United Methodists maintain a balanced view in their ways of thinking through Christian doctrine, believing that the living core of the Christian faith is revealed in scripture, illumined by tradition, enlivened by experience, and confirmed by reason.

Baptism

First-time baptism is available to all who profess a faith in Christ and seek to truth and follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We baptize infants if the parents will agree to raise the child so that by teaching and witness the child will one day confirm the faith for himself or herself. 


Because the congregation agrees to support the new believer in his or her faith or to raise the child in the faith, we will baptize only those who want to be part of this community of believers.

Communion

Our Communion liturgy begins like this: “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in fellowship with one another…” Following this is the confession of sin we give before each Communion. By such confession of the things we might have done, the things we might have left undone, and more we continually are restored by the grace of God to live whole-heartedly into the community with God and one another. 


We practice the Open Table, which means that all are welcome to Communion in the United Methodist Church. Before serving, the pastor offers: “This table is not the table of the Lake Houston United Methodist Church, or of the Methodist Church, or of any Church, but it is the table of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all are welcome.” 

Membership

We invite you to be come part of our Lake Houston UMC family. Maybe you have visited our church for a long time but have not joined. Perhaps you are visiting for the first time but feel this is the place for you. Either, way we'd love for you to join Lake Houston UMC as a member. Click here to find out more about becoming a member at Lake Houston UMC.

Serving Others

We believe that all Christians are gifted and called to go and make disciples, relieve suffering, seek justice, and love others. Serving others is not a special task reserved for ordained clergy or staff members, but all who profess to follow the example of Jesus Christ. We would love to help you figure out where to serve through Lake Houston UMC.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Lake Houston UMC. Whether you come on Sunday Morning for worship, or during the week we want you to know we're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you are always welcome here at Lake Houston UMC.


Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our lead team directly, click the button below.