First United Methodist Church

Our Mission is:
To make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world to the glory of God.

Our Vision is to be:
A church of real people,
inviting everyone into a relationship with Jesus Christ
by intentionally living lives of faith, hope, and love
within our families, our congregation, community, and the world.

Our Core Commitments are:

  • I will practice prayer as a spiritual discipline
  • I will faithfully participate in worship
  • I will accept responsibility for my personal spiritual
      growth by actively participating in a small group

      (Sunday school, ongoing Bible study, etc.)
  • I will tithe or move towards tithing as a spiritual discipline
  • I will live as to inspire others through my Christian character
      and service
  • I will invite others to join me in growing in grace

We Believe:  

  • That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the redeemer of the world.   (John 3:16)
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is present for guidance, comfort, and strength for living our lives. (Acts 10:45)   **More on the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the Bible is the living Word of God.  (1 Peter 1:23)
  • We believe that God answers prayer (Philippians 4:6)
  • We believe that The Church is the fullest expression of the will, mission and heart of Christ and that each Christian is called to passionately participate in the church.
     (1 Corinthians 1:2 & 1 Peter 2:4-10)
  • We believe that every Christian is called to actively participate in their own faith development and that each Christian is called to live boldly for Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Adopted May 13, 2010 by the Administrative Board of Nederland First United Methodist Church


More on the Holy Spirit

 1. He guides us into all truth. John 16:13ó"But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth for He will not speak on His own initiative but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come." The role of the Holy Spirit is to show us that we are sinners and to point us to, and guide us to, a clear understanding of who Jesus Christ is, leading us to a commitment to Him. He also helps us to understand Godís Word and its application in our lives. Notice: He is the "Spirit of Truth" and will only reveal truth to us.

2. He assures us that we are Godís children. Romans 8:16ó"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." Itís like having an eternal, binding contract with God that the Holy Spirit seals, confirming that we are secure in our family relationship with the Father.

3. He gives us hope. Romans 15:13ó"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." The expression "the God of Hope" means the God who inspires hope and imparts it to His children. He can be counted on to fulfill what still remains to be accomplished in us. He is not finished with us!

4. He strengthens us. Ephesians 3:16óPaul tells us to be "strengthened with the power through the Spirit in the inner man." The strengthening of the inner person comes when Christ takes up His permanent residence in us. So the secret of strength is the presence of Christ in our lives. Christ desires to bring us His strength if we will let Him.

5. He equips us to serve others. Ephesians 4:11 & 12ó"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists and some as pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ." The role of the Holy Spirit is to equip us for the work that we have been called to do in Godís Kingdom. For example: some can sing in the choir, or teach preschoolers, help keep the church clean, go out on visitation, participate in short-term mission trips, etc.  God has given each of us one or more gifts to be used in the work of the Kingdom. It is up to each of us to discover our gifts then use them in "the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ."