We are all about helping people follow Jesus.
Murrieta Church is a friendly spiritual family that is connected to the world-wide United Methodist Church and adheres to a doctrinal statement based on the Bible. As a dynamic church proclaiming the Word of God, we purpose to make disciples of Christ by:
Loving God, Loving Others, and Serving People
SERVICE TIMES: Sunday 9:00 a.m. “Blended” Service and 11:00 a.m. Traditional Service
CONTACT US: 951-677-6174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org street address: 24652 Adams Ave., Murrieta, CA 92562; mailing address: P.O. Box 602, Murrieta, CA 92564
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At its core, our belief is that Jesus Christ is the Savior, and that through His death our relationship with God is reconciled. This belief about Jesus steers our actions as a church. We also believe that empowered followers of Jesus continually seek to enhance their relationship with Him. Followers of Jesus share five characteristics of a vital faith:
•Regular participation in worship
•Daily devotion and personal prayer
•Personal growth through Bible study and group learning opportunities
•Financially supporting the Kingdom of God by tithing
•Sharing God's love in mission and service to others
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We are passionately committed to the message that God has acted on our behalf in Jesus and that through Jesus we can experience a life-transforming relationship with God. A Christian understanding of this Good News with a commitment to Word alone, Faith alone, and Grace alone undergirds and shapes our ministry.
We are passionately committed to sharing the love of Christ in relevant and engaging ways with those not yet connected to Christ or the church, and to training, equipping and empowering transformed people of all faith levels to live out a Christ-centered life. Because lost people matter to God, we will make them the priority of our mission. We will continually seek to create an inviting climate of warmth and hospitality that welcomes all to come and hear about Jesus at their own pace.
We are passionately committed to affirming and upholding the God-given worth of each individual. We want to help people discover the God-given potential through a relationship with Jesus and to encourage them as they use their gifts to serve Christ and the community. We are committed to helping people foster, build, and experience dynamic, vital relationships with others.
We are passionately committed to honesty, openness, fairness, and grace in dealing with others and in managing the mission of MUMC.
We are passionately committed to doing whatever it takes within the context of the Gospel to build a community of faith that reaches new people and helps them grow in their relationship with Christ. Risk, relevance, change, flexibility, excellence and the freedom to fail grow out of the desire to connect the Gospel to the community.
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Like a rudder sets a course for a ship, what a church believes determines its direction and destination.
We believe in the Triune God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge one God in these three Persons.
We believe that God the Father created the universe. He is loving, compassionate, just and kind. His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with all people.
We believe that, because of His desire to live in a relationship with us, God became a human being in Jesus Christ. Jesus, born of a virgin, is fully God and fully man. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through Him can people enter into a relationship with God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Presence of Jesus Christ among us. Through Him God loves us, empowers us to live a holy life and lives in us. The Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We believe in all the gifts of the Spirit and encourage their use for edification.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Through it, God reveals Himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. The Old and New Testaments are the norm and guide upon which we base our faith.
We believe that Christ died on the Cross so that by faith in Him we are given the gift of eternal life.
We believe Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead to authenticate his Person and Work.
We believe that the church, be it a local congregation or the worldwide fellowship of believers, is the Body of Christ. As His Body, we are called to worship Him, serve Him and be the vehicle through which the Good News in its fullness is shared with the world.
We affirm the centrality of grace alone, faith alone, and Scripture alone.
We believe in the worth and value of every human being. Created in God's image, humans have sacred worth. Their worth is dependent not on accomplishments, but on God's love. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of humans.
At the same time we acknowledge that humanity is separated from God because of sin. We joyfully proclaim the Good News that because of Jesus Christ, forgiveness is a possibility. It is that forgiveness that restores fallen humanity's worth.
We believe that good works show evidence of our faith in Christ.
We believe that sanctification is the work of God in the life of the believer.
We believe in and anticipate the Personal return of Jesus Christ. Though we don't know the day or hour, we joyfully proclaim His soon return to inspire all people to make the most of life today.
We believe in the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
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God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; 1 Corinthians 13:14
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a Cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to humans. They can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can they be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all humans. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. It is inspired by God and infallible.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
All humans are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. Mankind is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although people have a tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates them from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Humans are created to exist forever. They will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. While baptism is not required for salvation, it is a Biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance of celebration given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the New Covenant. The elements of bread and juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the Atoning Work of Jesus on the Cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
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In the 1700’s, Christianity experienced a vital and dynamic movement that swept across England. This awakening was largely the result of the labors of a few men, especially John Wesley, Charles Wesley, and George Whitefield. It was this eighteenth century English revival under the work of John Wesley that would eventually give birth to the Methodist movement.
John Wesley, born in 1703 in Epworth, England was not always a man who enjoyed a personal, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In spite of the fact that he was already an ordained minister and had also served as a missionary to America, it was not until May of 1738 while attending a small Bible study on a street called Aldersgate in London, England that he felt his heart strangely warmed by the assurance of personal salvation while someone was reading from the Preface of Martin Luther’s Commentary on the book of Romans. He then discovered that sanctification (growth that comes after one’s conversion) and a life of holiness was also received by faith. Wesley emphasized four great biblical truths:
1. Salvation was provided for all people.
2. Salvation was provided for all sin.
3. Salvation was certified by the personal witness of the Holy Spirit.
4. Salvation was received as a free gift by God’s Grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
With his brother, Charles, the great hymn writer, John Wesley reached out to the unchurched through preaching outdoors (beginning in 1739) to crowds on their way to and from work. A surge of spiritual renewal followed, beginning first in Bristol, England, which lasted over the next 50 years, bringing a moral transformation to England.
The movement, known as Methodism, spread across the British Isles, and Wesley traveled thousands of miles a year to keep in touch with the congregation. His concern for the common people led him to help the needy, provide medical aid, establish a lending fund, start schools and encourage Methodists to vote. His influence helped regulate child labor and end slavery. In the 1760’s, Methodism was carried to the American colonies and in 1968 the Methodist Church combined with the Evangelical United Brethren Church to become the United Methodist Church, now some 9 million members.
The early American Methodists (as Wesley’s followers were to be called) were largely faithful to Wesley’s emphasis on doctrine and Christian conduct. Our commitment is to Jesus Christ and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19,20).
You can read about the history of Murrieta United Methodist Church by clicking HERE.
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