“All need to be saved.
All may be saved.
All may know themselves saved.
All may be saved to the uttermost.”
Traditional summary of Methodist teaching
Methodists have always been clear that no-one is beyond the reach of God’s love. Salvation is there for everyone who turns to God, and not just for a chosen few.
Why do we need salvation?
As human beings we find ourselves part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change.
We may feel driven by urges such as anger, lust or greed, that we wish did not control us.
We may have personalities which are difficult to manage, for instance being prone to despair.
We may be enduring poverty and hardship.
The demands of modern life leave many of us stressed and overloaded, or isolated and feeling useless.
Loss, fear, grief or guilt may be weighing us down. We need salvation.
What do Christians believe?
Jesus preached the Gospel – the good news of the Kingdom of God. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, and his resurrection, Christians believe that God has broken the power of all that is evil, in the world and in ourselves. If we accept forgiveness and liberation, and are willing to be open to the Holy Spirit, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.