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The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a rich history. Knowing our God and building upon this strong foundation has allowed the church to continue to grow internationally. Be sure to visit other pages within this "About Us" collection to find out more.
African Methodist Episcopal Church Beliefs and Practices
The AME Church is Methodist in its basic doctrine. The church's beliefs are summarized in the Apostles' Creed. Members believe in the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, and the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross for the once and final forgiveness of sins.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church practices two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper. A typical Sunday worship service includes hymns, responsive prayer, Old Testament and New Testament readings, a sermon, tithing, offerings, and communion.
Our beliefs are grounded and rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We state them each Sunday in the use of the Apostle’s Creed. We believe in the Holy Trinity, the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, the death and resurrection. We believe that forgiveness of our sins, atonement is through the blood of Jesus. We believe in the freedom of going to the Throne of God on the behalf of others and ourselves. Our sacraments are through the monthly participation marking the Lord’s Supper, and baptism. We believe in One God, One Faith and One baptism, embracing the precepts communicated in both the Old and New Testaments. Our Savior summarized the greatest commandments:
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”