Welcome! We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about First United Methodist Church of Clermont. Whether this is your first encounter, have been to a service, or have been attending for a while, we are confident that you will find our church to be a dynamic and rewarding place to worship and serve. We consider FUMC Clermont to be the finest in all of South Lake County, since 1891.
We are a community of people who are in process. We have imperfect messy lives, but we are pursuing and experiencing a transforming relationship with Jesus and with each other. Our one goal is to lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus. We try to do this with every interaction we have - whether on Sunday mornings at our services, or at any of our many ministries and outreaches. Everybody is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. We’re all about doing life together in community, being intentional about our growth as people and serving one another and our broader community along the way.
The First United Methodist Church of Clermont is a part of the United Methodist Conference formed on the Biblical teachings of John Wesley. As a unified Church our mission is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”. This is who we are...
The reason the First United Methodist Church of Clermont exists is to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. Our Vision At First United Methodist Church of Clermont we actively seek to Encounter Christ, Grow in Christ, and Share Christ Wherever We Go.
Our Core Values
We love God and search the Scriptures to hear and obey God's Word.
We are committed to serving all people, particularly the poor and marginalized, as an expression of God’s love for us.
We desire everyone to be committed to a life of worship and joy in God's presence.
We are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit as we become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
We are committed to authentic relationships within our faith community.
We are committed to holding one another accountable for our discipleship.
We believe all disciples are called to discover their gifts and to live out their unique mission .
We believe that transformed people are called to transform their communities by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our Path to Discipleship
The First United Methodist Church of Clermont faith community is becoming a congregation of people who:
Confess our sins and Commit to Christ as the Savior and Leader of our lives.
Grow in Love with God in order to be agents of God's reconciling love in the world.
Grow in Fellowship with one another and pursue Christ honoring relations in Christian community.
Grow in Christ in order to reflect Christ-like character. Serve others in Christ-like servanthood.
Lead others to participate in God's transformation of the world.
THE BIBLE The sole basis of our belief is the Bible — the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe Scripture in its entirety originated with God and He revealed it to chosen authors. Scripture speaks with the authority of God while simultaneously reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of these human authors. We hold that the Scriptures, in their original manuscripts, are infallible and inerrant; they are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
We believe there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three equal persons known as the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the beginning, God demonstrated His power, wisdom, and goodness by creating the world and everything in it. Through His divine power and providence, God continues to sustain His creation, operating within history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Jesus Christ, the eternal second person of the Trinity, was fully united with a human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived in perfect obedience to the Father, voluntarily paid the price for the sins of all people by dying on the cross as their substitute, and satisfied divine justice bringing salvation to all who trust in Him alone. After His physical death, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father as the only intercessor between God and humans. He promises to return to earth, personally and visibly, to fulfill history and the eternal plan of God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
People in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ are to live in holiness and obedience as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit applies Christ’s saving work by enlightening the minds of sinners to their need to be saved. He renews and indwells each believer, becoming their source of assurance, strength, wisdom, and gifting for building up the church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Bible. Appropriated by faith, His power and control empower believers to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit for the Father’s glory.
We believe that God’s grace is an active part of every human’s life from the moment of birth (prevenient grace), to the individual’s saving experience of God through Jesus Christ (justifying grace), and throughout the rest of his or her life in Christian Discipleship (sanctifying grace). The grace of God is given freely and perceived by people through the work of the Holy Spirit.
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with Him. Originally created to be in relationship with God, humans defied Him by going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from Him. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; all people since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of humanity is completely a work of God’s free grace through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on the cross; it is not in any way the result of human works or goodness. Each person can receive salvation by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
All humanity will experience a bodily resurrection and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Having rejected God, unbelievers will suffer eternal condemnation apart from Him. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His body, the one true church. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Word; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents, gifts, and outreach to the world. The local expression of the church is wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
FAITH AND PRACTICE
In all matters of faith and practice, Scripture is the final authority. In matters where Scripture is silent, believers should conscientiously seek to be led by the Lord because it is to Him alone he or she is ultimately responsible.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the Kingdom,the power, and the glory forever.