First United Methodist Church of Bradenton

What We Believe

Our Denomination

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living and on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.  Click here to learn more about the United Methodist beliefs (

Our Beliefs

We, as a United Methodist Church, believe in God the father, Jesus the son and in the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God incarnate, came and lived on earth teaching us how to live and then died for our sins rising again on the third day overcoming our sin, reconciling us to God and freeing us from slavery to sin and death.

We believe that God’s grace, freely offered through Jesus Christ, is available to every person.

We believe that we are called to live holy lives growing in God’s grace and image.

We believe that Jesus will come again and defeat the powers of darkness.

We believe that all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are justified before God and will be welcomed into his heavenly kingdom. We believe that Christians are called to do more than just confess Jesus Christ, we are called to live lives of gratitude and love. As members of First, we are called to serve Christ through First with our presence, our prayers, our gifts, our service and our witness.


The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also called Holy Communion, Eucharist). All who love Christ, earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another are invited to join us in offering our prayer of thanksgiving and receive the body and blood of Christ. 

Our Mission Statement

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…  teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.