What We Believe

THIS WE BELIEVE

As a part of the universal church, Saint Paul United Methodist Church upholds the historic faith of the church contained in The Apostles’ Creed and The Nicene Creed.  Therefore, we believe in…

1

The Authority of Scripture.

We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully true, and is our authority for all that we believe and do.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18)

2

One God.

We believe there is one true God who exists eternally in three Persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; John 14:9; Acts 5:4,9; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

3

The Deity of Christ. 

We believe Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% human, born through the power of the Holy Spirit of a virgin named Mary.

(John 1:1,14; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-38)

4

The Substitutionary Atonement.

We believe Jesus Christ died on the cross as our substitute – taking upon Himself the penalty for our sins.

(Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18; Galatians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

5

The Resurrection of Christ. 

We believe Jesus rose from the dead in a bodily resurrection defeating sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Romans 6:4-9). We believe that followers of Christ, upon death, will also rise to eternal life through resurrection of Christ.

(1Corinthians 15:35-38; 42-44)

6

The Second Coming.

Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.

(Matthew 24-25; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19-21)

7

Salvation by Grace through Faith.

People are saved from eternal separation from God as a free gift when they place their faith in Jesus Christ and Christ alone.

(John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; Revelation 21:27)

8

Heaven and Hell.

We believe in heaven and hell, and that Believers in Jesus Christ will be resurrected to everlasting blessedness and joy in eternal fellowship with God in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:35-57; 2 Corinthians 5:1-9; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 21:1-7; 22:1-5). Unbelievers will be resurrected to conscious separation from God and eternal punishment in hell (Matthew 25:41,46; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 14:9-11;20:10-15; 21:8).

9

The Sacraments.

We believe there are two Sacraments which Christ commands the church to observe – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper .

(Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:14-23)