The Holy Bible is the primary source for understanding what we believe as Christians. The early church affirmed the Jewish Bible and canonized what we now call the New Testament writings because these holy documents had the ability to instruct Christians in already-established doctrines. The Bible helps us understand concepts like the divinity and resurrection of Christ, the Trinitarian nature of God, and the hope all humanity has because of the saving work done on the cross.
Over time, the church also has developed creeds to help Christians better remember the core truths of Christianity. Two important creeds are:
As Methodists, we also look to the doctrinal standards promulgated by John Wesley in the earliest days of the Methodist movement. These early Methodists sought to reform an overly institutionalized Anglican church, one drifting from its biblical moorings.
I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.John Wesley, Arminian Magazine, 1787