About Elkmont United Methodist Church in Elkmont AL
At Elkmont United Methodist Church in Elkmont AL, our aim is to follow Jesus' example. It's as simple as that. Our fervent desire is to follow Jesus, as he is revealed to us in scripture, in God's story of his love for broken humanity. We believe that Jesus is the Lord of all things, that through his life, death, and resurrection, he has made the way to peace with God. We want to follow Jesus in the way he has shown us, extending his love and grace to others. But we can't do this alone. In order to grow we must begin with loving and helping each other as we follow Jesus together. We are not perfect, we have not arrived. Following means journeying, growing, struggling, sacrificing, even suffering. But we can rest in the knowledge that he is with us along the way.
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God's agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God.
About Religious Liberty: God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others.
About Salvation: We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God; that it was purchased by Christ on the cross; that it is received through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual; and that salvation results in righteous living, good works and biblically informed actions to bring about godly justice wherever we live.