|About||Pastor Dave Haase - Riverside U.M.C. Blog|
|Mission||To be a witness of Jesus Christ, to share the Good News and God's love with God's people in our church, community and in the world.|
We believe that we are all theologians. God calls us to clarify and communicate our faith--to put our beliefs into words--for ourselves and for others. We do this using four sources or guidelines recommended to us by John Wesley:
1. Scripture--inspired by the Holy Spirit when it was written and when it is read; we are also aided by the research of biblical scholarship.
2. The church's tradition--the ever-renewed understandings of the faith community down through the ages.
3. Christian experience--the church's and our personal experience of God's healing love, the gift of new life in Christ.
4. Our reason--our capacity to analyze, compare, and come to sound judgments.
"These four sources--each making distinctive contributions, yet all finally working together--guide our quest as United Methodist for a vital and appropriate Christians witness" We are invited--and called--to use these guidelines in making decisions in our lives in the world.