What We Believe
Connecting people with God and one another
Empowering people to live as disciples
Serving people in Christ’s name
What We Believe:
- God: There is one God, who created all things and who exists in perfection and lives eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, both fully human and fully God, that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. His death on the cross was a sacrifice for our sins, for all who believe in Him, as predicted in the Scriptures. He was raised from the dead and into heaven as the mediator between God and all people who believe.
- The Bible is God’s inspired word, or “God-breathed,” written by people as directed by God.
- Salvation comes from our recognition that we are in a state of eternal alienation from God because of our sin nature, or our tendency to sin. Only by God’s grace are we saved from this separation. We cannot earn our way into heaven, but salvation occurs when we change our hearts toward God’s leadership in our lives and by faith in Jesus to forgive our sins.
- Spiritual growth develops as a result of our desire to please God by building a relationship with Him. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are “fruits of the spirit,” or indicators of spiritual development.
- Prayer is our unique way of communication to God.
- The church consists not of buildings but of people acting as the body of Christ. There is one church universal composed of people who asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and made Him leader of their lives. As part of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Saint Paul is one of God’s vehicles for the betterment of society, when we care and serve those who are poor or oppressed with compassion and love. Presbyterians rely on a structure of self-government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.
- Worship results from our desire to celebrate God’s leadership in our lives and is practiced regularly, through many ways and forms of expression.
- Relevance: We reach people in part through relevant, modern forms of communicating the historic truths of our faith.