Our Vision and Values
A. Frank Smith United Methodist Church seeks to follow Jesus' directions through "the big three," two great commandments and the great commission.
The first great commandment is that we love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. The second great commandment is that we love our neighbors as ourselves.
One of them, a legal expert, tested him. “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself."
Matthew 22:35-39 (CEB)
The great commission in when Jesus calls us to share the good news and make disciples.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (CEB)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and life’s instruction book for daily living. We affirm our desire to prayerfully seek God’s guidance and wisdom through the teaching, study and application of the Holy Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe that Grace is a gift of God and it is received through our faith, not our works. Grace is manifested in our worship, fellowship, spiritual gifts, relationships, and our daily living. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We celebrate that prayer is a gift from God, which gives us the ability to communicate directly with God. We believe prayer is both a powerful opportunity and a joyous responsibility through which we are transformed and our world is changed. (1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16)
We affirm that the gift of eternal life is given to all who trust and believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only and holy Son, our Lord and Savior. (John 3:15-17)
Excellence and High Expectations
We strive to a level of excellence as a church, giving our very best to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We believe God has high expectations for us in all areas of our lives, both corporate and individual. We see commitment and sacrifice in obedience to God as an integral part of being true disciples. (Luke 10:27; Philippians 3:12-14; Philippians 2:12-13)
We believe that both the joyous opportunity and essential responsibility of Christian stewardship, expressed through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, and service, is our response to God's grace and call in our lives. We further believe that we grow in this stewardship as we are continually educated and as our knowledge becomes activated. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Romans 12:1-21; Ephesians 4:1-32; John 21:15-17, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
We believe that our faith should be seen in every aspect of our lives and that we should always share the joy of Christ with others. We pledge to connect with those around us by planting seeds of faith which will, in God’s time, produce new disciples of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:22; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20)
Ministry of the Laity and Leadership Development
We believe that all Christians are ministers, each gifted in special and unique ways to serve. We believe that in order for our congregation to grow, both spiritually and numerically, leaders must be raised, trained, and encouraged. We also believe that our pastor's primary role is to enable, instruct, inspire, and encourage the laity of the congregation so that they may carry out ministry in Jesus’ name. (Exodus 18:13-26; Ephesians 4:1-32; Acts 6:1-7)