The basics of what we believe can be summed up in the Apostles Creed, which has been shared by Christians since around 390 AD:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
Early Free Methodists were concerned about a number of issues in their historical setting which we believe are still relevant in our day.
In the early days of the American Civil War, Free Methodist supporters of the anti-slavery movement believed in equality for all, regardless of racial background.
They believed that they should take a stand against the victimization of marginalized people. So do we.
The Methodist Church had begun a practice of renting seats in their churches as a way of collecting financial support from their members. This practice was seen as discrimination against the poor, who could not afford the seats.
They believed that all people should be valued regardless of their financial means. So do we.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, taught his followers that all Christians could be “free from the domination of sin” in their daily lives.
They believed, with God’s help, people could stop doing things that were harmful to their relationships with each other and with God (sins). So do we.
At the time the Free Methodist church was formed, there was debate about what style of worship was appropriate. The Free Methodists were open to all kinds of different expressions of worship.
They believed that all people are made in the image of our creative God, so we should be free to be creative in our worship. So do we.
Finally, many members of Methodist churches were also members of secret societies that often divided their loyalties toward their Christian commitments.
They believed that God should have our ultimate and undivided loyalty. So do we.