CSA Church

A Brief History of CSAUMC: Concord Methodist Church was formed in 1819, making it one of the oldest Methodist churches in Montgomery County, MD. St. Andrew's Methodist Church formed in 1956 to serve the growing suburban population. The two churches merged in 1976 to become Concord-St. Andrew's United Methodist Church and the 35th anniversary was celebrated in October 2011.


 
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What We Believe

About God

  • We believe in one God who created the world and everything in it.
  • We believe that God is the sovereign ruler of the universe
  • We believe that God is loving, and that everyone is invited to experience God’s love and grace

About Jesus

  • We believe that Jesus was human; that he lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
  • We believe that Jesus is also the divine Son of God.
  • We believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and lives today.
  • We believe that Jesus is the savior of the world; he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
  • We believe that in Jesus Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
  • We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his life and teachings.

About the Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and corrects us when we stray from
  • God.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.

About the Trinity

  • We describe God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sometimes we us other terms such as: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

About Human Beings

  • We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
  • We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
  • We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God through Jesus Christ in order to
  • experience life in its fullness now, and eternal life in the future.

About The Bible

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that God uses it to speak to us.
  • We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  • We believe that Christians need to know and study both the Old and New Testaments.

About Professing the Faith

  • We believe that we must renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sins.
  • We believe that we must confess Jesus Christ as our own personal Savior, put our whole trust in his grace and promise to serve him as our Lord.
  • We believe that we must accept the freedom and power given to us by God to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

About The Church

  • We believe that the church is the Body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
  • We believe that the mission of the church is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ.”
  • We believe that the church is “The Communion of Saints,” made up of all the past, present, and future
  • followers of Christ.
  • We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in the life of
  • the church.
  • We believe that the church is called to be both a witness to what God’s kingdom will be and a
  • participant in helping to bring it to completion.

About the Sacraments

BAPTISM

  • We believe that baptism is a gift of grace from God.
  • We believe that a person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in their life.
  • We believe that through baptism we are incorporated by the Holy Spirit into the kingdom of
  • God.
  • We believe that through baptism we are born again through water and the Spirit.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers us to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that through baptism we share in Christ’s royal priesthood and are incorporated
  • into God’s new creation.
  • We baptize people of all ages.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion, or pouring.

THE LORD’S SUPPER (Communion or Eucharist)

  • Communion is a holy meal of bread and wine [juice] that symbolizes the body and blood of
  • Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all
  • the members of God’s family.
  • Individuals do not need to be members to participate. We practice OPEN COMMUNION,
  • welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sins, and seek to live in peace with one another. o This Holy meal empowers us to go out into mission in the world.

About The Reign and Kingdom of God

  • We believe that God’s Kingdom is both personal and social. Individuals reveal the kingdom as their hearts and minds are transformed into Christ-likeness; the world is transformed into God’s Kindgom as God’s vision of restoration and transformation are established.
  • We believe that the Kingdom is both a present reality and a future hope.
  • We believe that the complete restoration of all creation is still to come. 

CSA Church

5910 Goldsboro Road

Bethesda, MD 20817