A Little About Us
Cross Plains United Methodist Church is a place where all are welcomed. It is our mission to connect meaningfully to one another, grow as individual followers of a loving Christ, and serve His creation, going into all the world with love and grace. Scroll down to read more about what we believe, what to expect at a church service and more!
What We Believe
This statement of faith is not a complete list of what we believe, but only a start and is intended as a GUIDE for individuals to reflect on their own faith and beliefs and how they live out that faith.
We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God created the world and is actively at work to redeem it. Ultimately, God creates and redeems purely out of the desire to love.
This unconditional love, also known as “grace” is at work in all people even before we are aware of it. God’s grace is dynamic and active in that it draws us to a relationship with God, saves or justifies us, and continues to transform or sanctify us in a process that lasts a lifetime.
We believe there are “means of grace” which help us experience God and God’s love and growth in our lives This growth includes personal spiritual practices, life in community, and the Sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion.
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, the Savior who came to earth in the flesh to reveal God to all people and to restore all things that are broken.
We believe salvation comes through a connection with God made possible through Christ.
We believe Jesus was both fully human and fully God, lived a perfect, sinless life and embodies the Truth of God.
We believe Jesus willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humans and to provide salvation for all humanity. His selfless sacrifice provides us the means to reconnect with God.
We believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We believe His resurrection is the beginning of God’s ultimate restoration of all things which will occur when Christ comes again according to the witness of Scripture.
We believe the Holy Spirit is God present with us and living within each follower to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit works in the lives of Jesus’ followers, illuminating God’s word for understanding and application in our lives.
The Spirit is involved in progressively changing each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation.
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and useful in helping us live God’s ways in the world. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe the Holy Spirit guided human authors to create writings which reveal God and God’s story to us. At the heart of this revelation is God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity. God speaks through the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit to offer direction for living the Christian life.
We believe human reason, the traditions of the Church, and personal experience help us understand Scripture’s revelation.
Therefore, we believe studying, reading, and reflecting on Scripture are an important part of the Christian life. Both alone, in solitude and prayer, and in groups of accountability and support, regular engagement with the Scriptures helps us know and live he way of Jesus.
We believe the Church was established by Jesus to continue his mission in the world. The church is the means by which disciples of Jesus Christ live out their faith.
In the bible, the Church is also known as the Body of Christ and Bride of Christ, it is a community of people called to live in fellowship and worship together.
We believe that we were created to live deeply with one another, to carry each other’s burdens and to live generously, to pray for and confess our sins to each other, to suffer and to celebrate together. It’s in these sacred relationships and honest, loving communities that God changes us.
We believe the way of Jesus cannot be lived alone.
We believe in the priesthood of all believers: Everyone in relationship with Christ is gifted, empowered and called to serve within God’s mission to reach the world. The Church is God’s vehicle on earth to bring about God’s justice and mercy for all people. As each one of us discovers our own spiritual gifts, hears and answers God’s call, we strive to reach the point in which all of life is for God and His Kingdom.
We believe this Christ-centered life within a community of faith is the best way to live.
We believe the church is called to love its community and world through acts of service, community partnerships, witness to Christ in word and deed, and ultimately by embodying the love of God in ways that change broken people and systems.
We believe the local church is the hope of the world.
This statement is in keeping with the Christian faith in the United Methodist tradition.
To find out more about the beliefs of the United Methodist Church look here.
What To Expect
Like the rest of the word, everything is different around Cross Plains United Methodist Church these days.
We thought is might be helpful for you to know what you can expect when you visit Cross Plains United Methodist Church.
We gather for worship on Sundays at 10:30. We wear masks. We have ushers who will seat you and we do our best to social distance everyone.
Worship is about 45 minutes. We will sing some hymns (behind our masks), share in some prayers, and look at how the Bible relates to everyday life and ultimate truth.
We also live stream our worship for those who are unable to make it or feel more comfortable staying at home. You can watch live or on demand.
You don’t have to be a Christian to connect with us at Cross Plains United Methodist Church on a Sunday morning. Every weekend we speak to both people who have questions about Jesus and to people who are fully committed to Jesus.
You will find people everything from business casual to jeans or shorts and a t-shirt.
Our Church History
Cross Plains United Methodist Church began in 1898 in a one-room building on the corner of Payne Bridge Road and Main Street. W. L. Harwell was the first minister.
In 1925, the church moved to its present location and in 1955 Sunday School rooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a fellowship hall were added. In 1969 a new parsonage was constructed.
In the 1970s, land was purchased and utilized as a parking lot. The congregation has approximately 220 members and belongs to the Tennessee Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.