About the Methodist Church
According to the Deed of Foundation, Methodist Church in Kenya grew out of the United Methodist Free Churches, whose Missionary Committee in 1860 agreed to send a mission to East Africa and whose missionaries first reached Mombasa in 1862. In 1907 the United Methodist Free Churches became part of the United Methodist Church, which in 1932 became part of the Methodist Church. In 1967 Methodist Church in Kenya became autonomous from the British Methodist Church.
The doctrinal standards of the Methodist Church in Kenya are:
The Methodist Church claims and cherishes its place in the Holy Catholic Church which is the Body of Christ. It rejoices in the inheritance of the Apostolic faith and loyally accepts the fundamental principles of the historic creeds and the Protestant Reformation. It ever remembers that in the Providence of God Methodism was raised up to spread Scriptural Holiness through the land by the proclamation of the Evangelical Faith and declares its unfaltering resolve to be true to its Divinely appointed mission.
It is the universal conviction of the Methodist people that the office of the Christian ministry depends upon the call of God who bestows the gifts of the Spirit, the grace and the fruit, which indicate those whom He has chosen.
The Methodist Church holds the doctrine of the Priesthood of all believers and consequently believes no priesthood exists which belongs exclusively to a particular order or class of men [or women] but in the exercise of its corporate life and worship special qualifications for the discharge of special duties are required and thus the principle of representative selection is recognized.
The Word of God
Methodist Church in Kenya, the body of Christ, is built on the Word of God. The Word of God abides forever. The Word of God never returns to Him void. Every church needs to be built on the Word of God. But what is the Word of God? The Word of God is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God’s way of speaking to us. The person who has seen Jesus has seen the Father. The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus Christ. In Jesus, you see God become man. Jesus is a revelation to us of what God the Father is like.
The Word of God is the gospel message
It is the Good News that Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice for sin. It is the announcement that God is bringing His Kingdom near into the lives of men and women. The Word of God tells us that Jesus is alive and ready to give us His Holy Spirit. It is the proclamation that Jesus is the message that there is forgiveness and new life for everyone that trusts Him as their only hope of salvation. The gospel is God’s Word of graciousness, telling us that He is willing to be merciful to us because Jesus has paid the price for our salvation and forgiveness.
The Word of God is the Bible
God made arrangements for the gospel-message of His Son to be put into writing and translated into all the languages of the world. Prophets and apostles wrote down the prophecies and histories. They sent letters to different parts of God’s church. So the gospel message got put into writing and eventually came to us in what we call the Bible. All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for teaching, for rebuke, for correction and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3: 16).
Just as the heavens and all the parts of universe were created by the breath of his mouth (as Psalms 33:6 puts it), so the written Word of God was produced by God’s Holy Spirit.
The Word of God is our guide in Life
All scripture is God breathed. Nothing is to be believed, in regard to things of God, except that which is in harmony with the written Scriptures. We need to follow the written Word of God, in good slabs of time, with unhurried detailed study. We need to study its words, its sentences and its paragraphs. We need to ponder its interpretation. We need to follow themes that are to be found throughout the Scriptures. Then we need to apply its teaching to our lives. The Scriptures need to come to us in the power of the Holy Spirit. The voices of those who wrote long ago need to become living voices in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. What the Spirit said then, ready for them to obey in their days, we pray that He will say to us now, ready for us to obey in our days. Our message comes not in Word only but also by the Spirit. Our message comes not in Spirit only but also by the Scriptures.
Witnessing is central to the Methodist Church in Kenya’s vision and life. It is its core business. But what is witnessing? Witnessing is sharing the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God. This is something we encourage every Christian to do.