HOW ARE WE CONNECTED AND ACCOUNTABLE?
Cucamonga Christian Fellowship is a local congregation that is connected to a family of churches called Free Methodists. The heart of CCF prioritizes the universal body of Christ and readily fellowships with all those who truly acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. By distinction, the history and future of CCF has aligned itself with the heart of our denomination in that we both are seeking to build the Kingdom of God. CCF greatly values the connection and accountability we have with the Free Methodist Church.
WHAT IS A FREE METHODIST?
Free Methodists are people who follow Christ’s teachings. These are explained in the Holy Bible, God’s Word. The Bible is the guide to a satisfying life. Free Methodists earnestly seek to spread His Word throughout the world. They proclaim Christ’s love for all people. The Free Methodist Church is a recognized Christian denomination emphasizing holy living.
WHY FREE? WHY METHODIST?
Historically, the Free Methodist Church was organized at Pekin, New York on August 23, 1860. The first bishop of the new church was Benjamin Titus Roberts. He was a champion for equal rights (especially for women), writer, publisher, Christian educator, and holiness preacher. The influence of his character and ministry continue today.
In 1860, the “free” in Free Methodist emphasized certain basic freedoms found in the Scriptures:
- Human freedom, upholding the right of every person to be free, denying the right of anyone to hold slaves;
- Freedom and simplicity in worship;
- Free seats in church, so the poor will not be kept out or discriminated against;
- Freedom and openness in relationships and loyalties so the truth may always be spoken freely (avoiding vows of secrecy);
- Freedom of lay persons to be fully involved at all levels of decision making;
- Freedom from materialism in order to help the poor.
The biblical principles on which these freedoms are based are as important today as ever. The Free Methodist Church declares that God’s call is to people everywhere who want to be whole. They offer training for service and membership in a group of people who share similar beliefs and values. The Free Methodist Church will help you find a relationship with Jesus. Through Him you can receive forgiveness and strength for living a holy life. In short, the Free Methodist Church will help you to be the best you can be.
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