What We Believe

These GUIDING PRINCIPLES of St. Paul UMC are succinct statements of what we believe:

What We Believe
 
The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds, and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living — on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
 
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

Our Christian Beliefs: God — God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. 

Our Christian Beliefs: Jesus — We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God’s redeeming love. 

Our Christian Beliefs: The Holy Spirit —The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it’s the Holy Spirit at work. 

Our Christian Beliefs: Human Beings — Genesis 1:27 asserts that we’ve been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create. 

Our Christian Beliefs: The Church —The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. 

Our Christian Beliefs: The Bible — We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. 

Our Christian Beliefs: God’s Reign — The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.