First-Centenary United Methodist Church
419 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37402
The Scriptures are our primary source of Christian doctrine. Biblical authors testify to the self-revelation of God in the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in God’s work of creation in the sanctuary of Israel and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in human history.
Tradition: We try to understand God did not begin anew with each generation or any one person. Our faith is not from the New Testament. If we go to the present tense then nothing can be learned from all Christian thinkers and preachers in between. We learn that there are traditions in most cultures but Scripture remains the standard by which you judge all traditions.
Reason: Although we realize that God’s revelation and our experiences go beyond the grace of God to follow the scope of reason we also believe that theological work requires discipline for the careful use of reason. We read and interpret Scripture so that our Christian witness is clear. Because we ask questions of faith it is better to try and understand God’s action and His will. We believe in the living God. Christianity is not just a series of lessons some things to do or not do or feelings. Faith is first a living relationship with God through Christ and is made real to us by the Holy Spirit. This relationship of love transforms us and makes us aware of its worth. We believe in love from God as a gift which is free and not a gift. It is a requirement to act in unconditional love with the love of God in us and to be like Jesus when bringing the Word to others.
What Makes Us Special
At First-Centenary UMC, we believe there are many hearts, but one purpose, and that is to ?Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.? We seek to do this by engaging both the head and the heart through worship, through learning opportunities, through service, and through giving.
Several years ago, First-Centenary set 5 strategic goals in order to ?Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.? These goals were to:
1. Provide multiple and diverse worship experiences. 2. Be a church of servants to the community. 3. Be a caring, metropolitan presence, intentionally inclusive and interactive, that makes disciples. 4. Have a Center for Discipleship Formation. 5. Connect every member to a small group and direct all visitors to a small group
First-Centenary is a United Methodist Congregation and we believe the theology of the United Methodist Church best reflects what we read in Scripture as interpreted through tradition, reason, and experience. Scripture is always the beginning place for our theology and it always serves to check our theology. First-Centenary is a theologically diverse congregation. We take John Wesley?s advice seriously when he writes, ?On the essentials of religion, we are fixed as the sun, but on matters of opinion, we think and let think.
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