St. Paul UMC -Making Disciples 

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About St. Paul UMC
Our Vision
The vision of St. Paul United Methodist Church is to partner with our diverse community, equip and support God’s family to grow in Christ’s word, and expand our stewardship.
Our Mission
To Know Christ and to Make Him Known.
Core Beliefs
Humanity
We believe that while human beings were intended to bear the image of God, all humans have missed the mark, being born with what the Bible calls a sin nature. Sin separates us from a close relationship with God and corrupts human nature such that we are powerless to restore that relationship through our own efforts. We believe that when we are in Christ we are renewed on the inside and gain a new perspective of the outside. God brings us back to himself by blotting out our sins and making us righteous. It requires a new way of looking at all people and all of
creation. With reconciliation we encourage others to become renewed in Christ Jesus.
The Bible
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We believe the Holy Spirit guided and directed human authors to create God’s written means of communication with us, which reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity.
God
We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons...the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power and eternal qualities.
Jesus
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior who came to earth in the flesh to reveal God to humans and to restore all of fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God. We believe Jesus is both fully human and fully God. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and embodies the truth about God and the truth of God. Jesus willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humans and to provide salvation for all humanity. His sacrifice in our place provides
all humans the means to be reconnected with their loving Creator. We believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven, where he rules as our Lord and advocate. Jesus will return to earth in the future to establish God’s perfect peace and justice for all time.

The Holy Spirit
We believe in the divine personhood of the Holy Spirit as an equal part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God present, living within each follower to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the change agent in the lives of Jesus’ followers, illuminating God’s word for understanding and application in the life of each. The Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the image of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation.
The Church
We believe the Church is a spiritual family made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who are called to live in fellowship and worship together. As stewards of all that God has entrusted to us and
as members of the priesthood of all believers, we believe that everyone in relationship with Christ is gifted, empowered and called to serve within God’s mission to reach the world, which manifests itself in spiritual growth.
• Grace. We believe that God gives unmerited favor freely to all people, though it may be resisted.
• Free will. We believe that people, while corrupted by sin, are free to make their own choices because of God's divine grace enabling them, and that people are truly accountable before God for their choices.
• Sacraments. We recognize two sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Other rites such as Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Funerals, and Anointing of the Sick are performed but are not considered sacraments.
In Holy Baptism we believe that Baptism is not only a sign of profession and mark of difference whereby Christians are distinguished from others that are not baptized; but it is also a sign of regeneration or the new birth. We believe that Baptism is a sacrament in which God initiates a covenant with individuals, people become a part of the Church, is not to be repeated, and is a means of grace. We generally practice Baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion and recognize Trinitarian formula baptisms from other Christian denominations.                                                    We affirm the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion. We believe that the bread is an effectual sign of His body crucified on the cross and the cup is an effectual sign of His body crucified on the cross and the cup is an effectual sign of His blood shed for humanity. Through the outward and visible signs of bread and wine, the inward and spiritual reality of the Body and Blood of Christ are offered to believers. We hold that the celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is a memorial of Jesus’ death, and believe the sacrament to be a means of grace, and practice open Communion. All who are seeking a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus are welcome to this sacrament.



Core Principles:
Inspiring Worship
Worship is our central act as Christians, as gathered together, we represent a family of faith.
In worship we honor and glorify God.
In worship we demonstrate complete devotion to Jesus as master.
Through worship we are seeking complete unity in Jesus Christ both individually and with each other.
Our goal is for worship to look like the work we do for God in the world.
Intentional Discipleship
Being accountable to God and to each other, we are striving to become fully formed disciples confident of our salvation and purpose.
We seek to be a community of faith that loves and supports each other so much that Christ is revealed.
We are individuals and teams of individuals equipped for every good work.
Our goal is for the connection between worship and our mission to be evident.
Courageous Mission
The possibility of failure is not a reason for inaction.
We are committed to dedicating the present moment to God for a transformed future.
Our building is used not only as a place to meet, but to equip disciples, serve our neighbors and launch disciples into
witness and service.
Our goal is for our service to know no boundaries and extend beyond our worship.