What We Believe
The core beliefs of Asbury Memorial grow out of its history of Methodist theology and its use of the "Wesley Quadrilateral" — using four sources to shape our theology: Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason.
Asbury Memorial proclaims faith in one God, as expressed through the Holy Trinity: God the Creator, Jesus Christ the Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible, both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, to be a unique and authoritative account of God's work in the world and interaction with humanity. The Bible is not to be interpreted literally, but is a guide for faith that yields insights and new life each day. We encourage members to read and interpret the Scriptures for themselves and to discuss their meaning together.
Asbury Memorial recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and Communion. Baptism is performed for infants, children, and unbaptized adult new members and symbolizes the person's welcome into the family of God. Holy Communion is the joyful feast of the people of God, remembering Christ's total and unconditional love for us and our fellowship and reconciliation with Him.
Sin is an alienation from or a repression of our truest, God-given selves. Salvation is a search for wholeness, peace, and a living relationship with Christ. All persons are loved as sacred sons and daughters of God, and are openly included at Asbury, regardless of age, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, ethnicity, religion, ability or background. Change and growth are primary at Asbury — growing in one's personal life, in relationships with others, and in relationship with God.