What is the difference between a Christian and a Methodist church?
There is not really a difference. I go to a Methodist church. We all are Christians: Baptist, Methodist, Christian, just all different names mostly. We all are Christian and believe in God with some small differences.
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The Churches of Christ do not believe in use of music,or choirs.They believe in congregational singing,they also believe the Lords Supper should be taken every week on the fir…st day as Jesus did with his Disciples .The thing about the sandals I don't know about .I was raised going to a Church of Christ- that's the first I've heard of that one. Oh and lest I forget Baptism by immersion by a confessing believer. Answer This is an interesting and in-depth question. Being a methodist myself, I can safely say that there are many differences....far too many to list in this forum. Methodists and Church of Christists have been bickering endlessly on all of these differences. The single greatest discrepancy of these two factions is whether or not the Lord our savior wears sandals or not. Answer No music in the Church of Christ? But which "Church of Christ?" In the small country of New Zealand, there are no less than four denominations calling themselves the "Church of Christ." The only one that I'm familiar with does have instrumental music, but some of the others may not.
One of the biggest differences between these two denominations is, to put it succinctly, "how wet you get" at baptism. Baptists accept only baptism by immersion, while Methodi…sts tend towards the "sprinkling" method of baptism. Both Baptist and Methodist denominations have similar governing organizations and methods of worship. Answer Often Methodists will hold their beliefs more loosely than Baptists. Also, some Methodists believe that one can lose their salvation. The largest group, the United Methodists, do not. This is an idea which some baptists believe is not supported by the Bible and that is a problem. They believe--once saved, always saved. However you will find that a small number of Methodists do not hold to this belief . Answer I asked that question to a Methodist pastor and scholar and he said, "the quantity of water... Or like the other responder said, how wet do you want to get? The answer is they are similar. Having experienced both, the body we usually call Methodists are United Methodists, the largest group of Methodists in the US. We usually refer to Southern Baptists---which are both national and international---when we speak of "Baptists". The United Methodist Church is organized both nationally and regionally with centralization through area conferences. Baptists are largely independent churches affiliated through the Southern Baptist Convention. They have independence in their own governance. They hire and fire pastors and make decisions concerning their church at the local church level. Methodists have a hierarchy and pastors are given appointments, usually according to their experience. Big urban churches go to senior pastors, typically. Small, country churches go to new/younger preachers. Here are what I believe are the main differences: 1. Methodists may be baptized through sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Sprinkling is the most common form. Baptists believe in immersion. Both believe this is symbolic and does not grant you a pardon or entrance into heaven. It is simply a gesture of faith. Profound for some, not so much for others. But it is a public profession of your faith and belief in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Methodists baptize infants and young people. Baptists only baptize adults or young "believers" . Thet have to be at an age that they understand what they are doing and its meaning 2. Methodists ordain women. Baptists typically, do not. 3.Methodists have a more formal, ritualistic form of worship in traditional services. Baptists tend to be less stringent and a bit more casual in worship style (NOT IN SCRIPTURE). 4.Methodists accept the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds as core tenets of the faith, often reciting these creeds at their worship service. Baptists tend to shy away from such statements of faith as well as liturgical elements of worship. No processionals, acolytes, cross bearers or other formal acts of worship; typically, no wearing of robes/vestments by the clergy, etc. There is "The Baptist Faith and Message" which for Southern Baptists is generally accepted by members of the Convention.5. Most Methodist churches recite the Lord's prayer during services ;most Baptist churches do not. 6.Methodists come forward to the altar to receive communion. Baptists are usually served in their seats. Methodists call the Eucharist "communion". Baptists call it the Lord's Supper.7. Methodists have an altar. Baptist churches typically have no formal altar. The reason, I am told, is because it was traditionally viewed as a place of sacrifice and was a Catholic church feature representing Christ's sacrifice for us. Its use was not adopted by the Baptists. 8. Methodist churches observe Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Lent, Pentecost, Advent and every Holy season and day imaginable. Baptists typically do not. 9. Methodists use communion as a sort of "altar call" to get people to come up front and become part of the service and the church. Baptists have an "altar call" in which they invite people to come forward and confess publicly their need for Christ and invite him to become part of their lives(part?). Sometimes they may confess publicly their sins or give a testimony.10. Methodists worship in a style that is historically more quiet, subdued and contemplative. Baptists are louder, tend to sing louder, praise louder and close their bibles louder than Methodists. Maybe a little livelier in STYLE. those are the differences I have experienced. Here are the similarities: BOTH pray. Both praise and sing.. Both love the Bible..Both encourage missions. Both Evangelize. Both help the poor. Both believe in a democratic, full and open salvation for EVERYONE. Both believe in the TRINITY. Both believe in a personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST. Both believe in faith. Both believe in GRACE. And Both meet several times a week---especially on Sundays. A good friend of mine who grew up in the Methodist Church told me that the difference between a Methodist and Baptist is that Methodists are Baptist with brains!!! My parents are life-long Methodists and I am an Episcopalian but I do know there are far more differences between Southern Baptists then the UMC. American Baptists are much more moderate and have been openly courted by the UMC since the SBC grew increasingly more conservative and fundamentalist. The UMC has historically aligned itself with the other great liberal mainline denominations like the Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church and the the Evangelical Lutherans. The Southern Baptists, unlike the Methodists do not recognize any sacraments, adhere to the Apostolic Succession, liturgical worship, rituals, Nicene and Apostles Creeds, ecumenicalism or ordination of deacons, elders and bishops, like the UMC. The Methodists are much more apt to be socially more progressive, open-minded about theological matters and doctrine, and better educated. The Methodists like my church, are certainly not fundamentalists when it comes to the Bible. The UMC does not believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible like the Baptists. In the Baptist churches, they call their sanctuaries auditoriums. When it comes to abortion rights the United Methodist Church has been a strong defender and advocate of allowing women to make that private decision. The SBC is fervently pro-life and condemns abortion with o exceptions whatsoever! When it comes to sexual orientation the UMC despite its unwillingness to approve of gay ordination and marriage, is still more accepting than the Southern Baptists. Most of the Bishops and clergy in the UMC are supportive of allowing gays to serve openly as ministers and to perform marriages. You won't find that in the SBC at all.
Answer . Methodists proclaim in every service to recognize the Catholic Church. Pentacostals believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit among them...speaking in tongues and p…rophesy. The "day of Pentacost" refers to the "Upper Room" which Christians believe was a special enlightment.
There is no great difference in their beliefs. . Methodists do not have parochial schools. . Methodist do not drink alcoholic wine at communion. . Methodists say " fo…rgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" when reciting the Lord's prayer. Lutherans say "debts" and "debtors" I am guessing that the order of worship may be more controlled in the Lutheran church, but that may not be true. Addition: Methodists are allowed to change up the order of worship a little bit, especially contemporary services, but Methodists general cling to the traditional "method" of worshiping. Many people brought up Methodist are very appreciative and aware of having a printed or posted order of worship for reference, especially when things are changed around. There are many many differences, between the two bodies. I was raised in the Methodist and Presbyterian church , which are much more similar de to the roots of the denominatons. Lutheranism was patterned from Reformer Martin Luther a Roman Catholic priest. Although his 95 thesis was posted on the fdoor the Lutheran Church has remained the closest of the Protestant bodies to Catholic in doctrine and liturgy. Although Anglican is also similar to Catholic, there are many points of differences in doctrin which Anglican has more in common with the Reformed faith. Methodism which came from the word Methodical traces its roots to John Wesley an Anglican priest. The Methodist church became more of an evangelical holliness and revivalist denomiation. Some churches will vary in style. While still having some similarities to Anglican, they still retain close resemblance to the Presbyterian church as well. Methodist are much less liturgical than Lutherans and have differences in doctrine regarding the sacraments of communion and baptism. Lutherans believe in consubstantiation ( similar to Catholics) with regards to Communion while Methodist hold a spiritual significance, much different. Methodist services can resemble a low episcopal or Presbyterian or Congregational church, but not a Lutheran liturgy at all, which again is much more similar to Roman Catholic. I would like to take issue with the above answer. The United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church are now in full communion with each since 2008. Both are liberal, mainline Protestant denominations that celebrate the Holy Eucharist and Baptism as sacraments. The Roman Catholic Church believes in transubstantian not consubstantian. The UMC believe in the living presence of christ while celebrating Holy Communion-like the Episcopal Church. Both share a belief in the Apostolic Succession and both have deacons, elders and Bishops. The Lutherans are more apt to be more formal in their worship and be more "Episcopalian" than an average UMC service. But both celebrate the Christian year and festivals and both have prayer books. The UMC prayer book is very similar to the Book of Common Prayer found in the Anglican Communion. John Wesly was a "high church" Anglican Priest and stayed that way till his death. Because of this, the UMC is predominately Anglican in doctrine and theology and in its liturgy. The Lutherans have much in common with the Episcopal Church and both have been in full communion since 2002.
The best answer that I have been able to find has been here:. http://www.explorefaith.org/faq/church/meth_ep.html. I hope this helps you with what you are searching for.
The United Methodist Church is a Christian denomination.
What is the difference between African Methodist Episcopal and Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches?
Both the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) are two predominantly black Christian denominations within the Wesleyan / …Methodist family of churches, both of which share similar theological beliefs as the rest. The primary difference between the two denominations is how they came to exist as separate Christian denominations. The AME was originally a single congregation of black Methodists who originally attended services of the white-dominated St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA. This single congregation was known as Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. Richard Allen as their pastor. It took lawsuits against St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church in order for them to gain recognition as a completely independent congregation with all the rights and previleges associated with self-governance, including the ability to choose their own ministers and bishops and ownership of church property. Several other black Methodists from the Mid-Atlantic states met with Rev. Richard Allen in Philadelphia and resolved in 1816 to establish the African Methodist Episcopal Church as the first black Christian denomination. The AME remained primarily a northern states church until after the end of the Civil War opened up the opportunity for rapid expansion throughout the former slave states of the South. The CME was originally established as the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in 1870. They were established in response to the rapid departure of southern black Methodists from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (later known as United Methodist Church) in favor of the AME Church and the AME Zion Church (which also separated from the northern MEC and was officially established in 1821). The CME was established with the full support and assistance of the white-dominated Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Several difficulties experienced was associated with the appearance of being a subordinate church to the MEC, South although technically they were completely autonomous from each other. They were seen as an attempt by the white-dominated MEC, South to keep black Methodists from joining northern-based Methodist churches that many felt truly championed freedom for blacks. In recent years, there had been negotiations over the possible merger of CME Church with AME Zion Church; however, such a merger has not taken place. This denomination adopted Christian Methodist Episcopal Church as its official church name in 1954.
In a sense there is no real difference. Methodists are christians by definition, they stick to the trinitarian point of view of christianity (there is one God in three parts, …father son and holy ghost).. There are many different denominations or types of christianity. They are all very similar with their beliefs, the only difference is that the way that they choose to worship God is different to the way other denominations choose to worship.. There are a few other differences in theology and practice, but these are minor differences. Usually it comes down to a different leadership and what hymns and songs are chosen and how a service is run. In all honestly methodist churches are christian churches, just like the church of england, pentecostal and URC churches. Each one of these denominations started out because they wanted to change the way things were done and worship God in the way they want to methodist is a branch of christian
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church was a clergyman in the C of E and he never renounced his position. He never wanted to start a new church. In 1795, the Met…hodist Church was formed by those who believed that the CofE had become inherently corrupt, and so they broke away. Just as CofE simplifies Catholicism, Methodist simplify the CofE it further and also chose to be less ostentatious than CofE and focus instead on the poor and the working class.
Methodism does not require adherence to a specific creed or creeds, such as transubstantiation. It recognizes only Communion and Baptism as sacraments. It does not require ind…ividual confessions, nor does it expect its members to follow the opinions of a pope or other clergy. (Indeed, there is no one single leader in the United Methodist church; rather, the church has a council of bishops.) Methodists are expected to work out questions of faith on their own, with help from clergy and from the four corners of the Wesleyan quadrilateral - scripture, reason, tradition and experience. Not many, The Methodist Church is considered one of the "Catholic Protestant" churches, along with Lutheranism and Anglicanism. Basically Methodists do not necessarily believe in purgatory, at least in the same way catholics do. Methodists ordain women, Catholics do not. Methodist serve an open table for the Eucharist, Catholics do not. Methodists have two Sacraments: Eucharist & Holy Baptism. Catholics have seven Sacraments: Eucharist, Holy Baptism, Confession, Penance, Holy Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick (Last Rites). The other Sacraments of the Catholic Church are considered Rites (less important than sacraments, unnecessary but encouraged) in the Methodist Church. Several things differ. Catholicism is older. Methodism is derived from the Anglican church which is derived from the Catholic Church. In the Methodist church, you have a hierarchy set up with Bishops and Archbishops, like the Catholic Church, but the Methodist church has no Pope. The church leader in a Methodist church is usually called a preacher, while in a Catholic church, he is called a priest. In the Methodist church, preachers are allowed to marry, but in the Catholic church priests are not allowed to marry. The Methodist church also allows women to serve as preachers, but the Catholic church does not allow female priests. The Catholic church has nuns and monks, but the Methodist church does not. Like the Catholic Church, Methodists also take part in the Eucharist/Communion/Lord's Supper. In the Catholic Church, you must be Catholic to take part in this rite; however, in the Methodist church, anyone who believes in Jesus, regardless of denomination, may take part. In the Catholic church, wine is usually taken from the same cup, while Methodists drink grape juice from individual cups. Methodists do not make the sign of the cross when they pray. Methodists also do not use the crucifix to help them pray. Methodists also do not pray to Saints to intervene to God on their behalf. Methodists believe in the universal catholic church. However, this catholic church is not capitalized because it is different from the Catholic Church headed by the Pope. When Methodists say they believe in a universal catholic church, they are using catholic as an adjective to mean Christian. In other words, Methodists believe in a universal Christian church. Methodists believe that it does not matter what denomination you are, as long as you believe Jesus. . Catholic Answer The Catholic Church was founded by Our Blessed Lord on His Apostle, Peter (see St. Matthew 16:17-19), it was born from His Side as He hung dead on the cross and was pierced by the soldier's lance. It was then shown to the world 53 days later, on Pentecost, when He send the Holy Spirit to guide it into all truth. The Catholic Church is the Mystical Body of Our Blessed Lord, and His Bride. He will be with it "all days until the end of the world" and, under the successors of St. Peter - the Popes, He has guaranteed it. The Catholic Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, and is the only sure way given by God to salvation. . The Methodist is an heretical sect which broke away from the Anglicans, who, in turn, were an heretical sect which broke away from the Catholic Church. They have no foundation on Our Blessed Lord, and no guarantee from God, thus they are called "protestant" as they were formed fifteen centuries after Christ in protest against the established Church. They are called Methodist as they were founded on a "method" to follow God.
I was raised Mormon I have attended Baptist church many years. In the last year I have been attending the First Church of the Nazarene. I trusted Christ as my savior many yea…rs ago. I do see some differences between Baptist and Nazarene. I believe Christ is my savior, and once saved always saved. So far, I don't see a strong difference between Christian and Methodist.
The Methodist Church was founded by John Wesley around 1739 A.D...(Not mentioned biblically). The Church of Christ was founded by Jesus Christ around 33 A.D...(Romans 16:16).
Episcopal church believed the apostles creed of the Catholics while Methodist did not accept it as their teaching. . \n
I can speak of Southern Baptist Convention and United Methodist. The Southern Baptist predominately believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible. They consider it the in…spired word of God as well as the teachings and writings of Paul to be the example for the New Testament church. The four spiritual laws are a foundation for their evangelism as well. God created man in his own image to dwell with Him. Man sinned and has a sinful nature that is abhorrent to God and therefore He cannot commune with man. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to become man and dwell among us and to be a sacrifice for mankind's sin and to be a bridge to God. Man can become a Child of God by accepting this gift and be rejoined with God now and forever. United Methodist believe that God sent His Son and that man needs to commit himself as an individual and as a church to the earthly needs of man as well as accept Jesus as Savior. Methodists are more ecumenical than Southern Baptists and may be perceived as less critical of other religions. In larger churches you might find the Methodist to appear to be less evangelical. If I were on a spiritual journey and wanted clear cut dogma, I would go with Southern Baptist. They are into strong belief in prayer and personal Bible study. If in my spiritual journey I wanted a variety of opinions and more intellectual banter, I would search out a Methodist church. Whichever journey on you are on, God bless you and give you strength. DWMattes
Methodist churches are a part of an international organization. Interdenominational churches are independent and try to avoid taking stands that alienate any Christian.
A Methodist church allows anyone to get baptized, regardless of age or mental maturity. They also let anyone take communion. Baptist churches only baptize youth and adults who… confess their sins, not to babies. They also only allow those who are baptized to take part in communion.