|United Methodist beliefs and practices are based firmly on the revealed word of God, the Holy Bible. We practice what is called the "Wesleyan Quadrilateral" as we form our Christianity on the Scriptures interpreted by tradition, reason and experience. |
|Here at Krum UMC, we preach and teach the Holy Scriptures boldly and with humility. We affirm the historic doctrines of the church, including the following, as stated in The Book of Discipline, 2008: |
- With Christians of other communions we confess belief in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This confession embraces the biblical witness to God's activity in creation, encompasses God's gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipates the consummation of God's reign.
- The created order is designed for the well-being of all creatures and as the place of human dwelling in covenant with God. As sinful creatures, however, we have broken that covenant, become estranged from God, wounded ourselves and one another, and wreaked havoc throughout the natural order. We stand in need of redemption.
- We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. At the heart of the gospel of salvation is God's incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. Scripture witnesses to the redeeming love of God in Jesus' life and teachings, his atoning death, his resurrection, his sovereign presence in history, his triumph over the powers of evil and death, and his promised return. Because God truly loves us in spite of our willful sin, God judges us, summons us to repentance, pardons us, receives us by that grace given to us in Jesus Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal/
- We share the Christian belief that God's redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers. This community is the church, which the Spirit has brought into existence for the healing of the nations.
- Through faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven, reconciled to God, and transformed as people of the new covenant.
- “Life in the Spirit” involves diligent use of the means of grace such as praying, fasting, attending upon the sacraments, and inward searching in solitude. It also encompasses the communal life of the church in worship, mission, evangelism, service, and social witness.
- We understand ourselves to be part of Christ's universal church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we become conformed to Christ. We are initiated and incorporated into this community of faith by Baptism, receiving the promise of the Spirit that re-creates and transforms us. Through the regular celebration of Holy Communion, we participate in the risen presence of Jesus Christ and are thereby nourished for faithful discipleship.
- We pray and work for the coming of God's realm and reign to the world and rejoice in the promise of everlasting life that overcomes death and the forces of evil.
- With other Christians we recognize that the reign of God is both a present and future reality. The church is called to be that place where the first signs of the reign of God are identified and acknowledged in the world. Wherever persons are being made new creatures in Christ, wherever the insights and resources of the gospel are brought to bear on the life of the world, God's reign is already effective in its healing and renewing power.
- We also look to the end time in which God's work will be fulfilled. This prospect gives us hope in our present actions as individuals and as the Church. This expectation saves us from resignation and motivates our continuing witness and service.
- We share with many Christian communions a recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith, the confession that our justification as sinners is by grace through faith, and the sober realization that the church is in need of continual reformation and renewal.
- We affirm the general ministry of all baptized Christians who share responsibility for building up the church and reaching out in mission and service to the world.
- With other Christians, we declare the essential oneness of the church in Christ Jesus. This rich heritage of shared Christian belief finds expression in our hymnody and liturgies. Our unity is affirmed in the historic creeds as we confess one holy, catholic, and apostolic church. It is also experienced in joint ventures of ministry and in various forms of ecumenical cooperation.
- Nourished by common roots of this shared Christian heritage, the branches of Christ's church have developed diverse traditions that enlarge our store of shared understandings. Our avowed ecumenical commitment as United Methodists is to gather our own doctrinal emphases into the larger Christian unity, there to be made more meaningful in a richer whole.
- If we are to offer our best gifts to the common Christian treasury, we must make a deliberate effort as a church to strive for critical self-understanding. It is as Christians involved in ecumenical partnership that we embrace and examine our distinctive heritage.
- We share the Christian belief that God's redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers. This community is the church, which the Spirit has brought into existence for the healing of the nations. If we are to offer our best gifts to the common Christian treasury, we must make a deliberate effort as a church to strive for critical self-understanding. It is as Christians involved in ecumenical partnership that we embrace and examine our distinctive heritage.
Here are some of the ways FIRST UNITED METHODIST of KRUM embraces the community:
- During the 1980’s, members of Krum United Methodist Church decided that part of their mission is to reach outside church walls to relieve suffering, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit the sick and participate in wider community life. At that point, they instituted a monthly offering that takes place on Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month). An extra offering is taken that day, brought as people come forth to receive the Sacrament. Each month, that special offering is sent to a different place. This offering is given above and beyond normal general fund and building fund offerings. At this point, at least $50,000 has gone out from this church to multiple recipients.
- Children's Day Out is a mission extension of First United Methodist Church Krum. It exists as a service for parents who believe a preschool is beneficial to their children, and for children who typically grow to love their teachers and have fun. Our program is designed to meet many of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the children of the community. It stimulates creativity and individuality, promotes Christian values, and provides a preschool environment that prepares children for the next level of education.
- "Modern Day Disciples" the First UMC Krum Youth Group! We are on a mission to touch lives of local youth by showing them what a Church family can do for them! We laugh, learn and most importantly have FUN doing it!
- Midweek Miracle is our extensive and holistic program for children from age 5 through high school. This program teaches more than just Bible, as important as it is. It also teaches children how to play together with a cooperative spirit, how to serve at the dinner table and practice table manners, and how to both read music and learn to lead in worship.
- We support AA Ministry (weekly at 6:00 p.m.) and the Scouting Ministry for all age groups.
- We have an organic garden, with a rapidly expanded gardening ministry. We seek to teach sustainability and also how to eat in a way that nourishing both body and soul.
- First UMC Krum's music program inspires and leads. A successful church choir inspires the congregation by setting a worshipful mood and serving as leaders throughout the worship service. Church singers are not there to entertain, but to blend in and enhance the overall context of worship. When we particularly appreciate a musical offering, it is to be savored joyfully, prayerfully and thankfully that we have such a gift of praise offered on our behalf. Everyone who enjoys praising in song are welcomed and encouraged to do so as part of the choral branch of the church’s family tree. Please contact Mark Withers, 940-482-3482, if you are interested.