The Bible – We believe in the inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy of the entire Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. No portion was produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. As such, the Bible is the final authority and supreme standard for all of faith and life. The Holy Bible is the living and active Word of God—a testimony in its entirety to Christ, who is God's self-revelation to man. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12; Psalm 119:160; Deuteronomy 8:3)
God We believe in one God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as trinity—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being
God the Father – We believe in the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and all of human history. He is sovereign in His love, power, understanding, presence and judgments. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:39, 6:4-9; Matthew 28:18-20; Exodus 34:5-7; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)
God the Son – We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the eternally begotten Son of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; who for us and for our salvation, came from heaven and was incarnate, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary—truly and fully both God and man.
Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, becoming flesh, taking upon Himself human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind—yet without sin. And in His substitutionary death on the cross He paid the penalty for our sins and made provision for the redemption of mankind. He was physically raised from the dead with a glorified body, appeared to His disciples, and ascended into heaven. He is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world, claim His ultimate victory over His enemies, and consummate His redemptive mission. (Romans 3:21-26; 5:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:13-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Peter 3:3-13; Revelation 19:11-16; Psalm 110: 1-2; Mark 1:1)
God the Holy Spirit – We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the fully divine Spirit of God who is worshipped and glorified with the Father and the Son. He calls men to the Savior, effects regeneration, indwells, empowers, and enables believers to understand Scripture, testify about the Lord Jesus and bring glory to God. He convicts us, counsels us, and conforms us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. The church is unified by the Holy Spirit for the work of fulfilling the Great Commandment and Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:25-27, 15:26, 16:5-15; Romans 8:29; 1 -17; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:22-25; 2 Timothy 1:7; Genesis 1:2)
Mankind – We believe that man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. Therefore, humanity is sacred and every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
In the beginning mankind was created innocent of sin, enjoying uninhibited fellowship with God. By his free choice man sinned against God, experienced separation from Him, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.
Mankind is only saved by faith in Jesus, and this salvation is available to all who earnestly repent of their sin and believe in Jesus alone for their life and salvation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable him to fulfill his chief end: to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.)
- Gender: In the beginning God created mankind male and female as the crowing work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. Therefore, we believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person and is outside God’s intent and design. (Gen 1:26-27)
- Sexuality: We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman within the covenant of marriage. Therefore, any form of sexual activity outside of marriage (including adultery, fornication, homosexual, bisexual, or transsexual behavior, and the use of pornography) is a rejection of God’s intent and design, and as such is sinful and offensive to God (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4; Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).
- Marriage: We believe that marriage is, by definition, the spiritual and physical uniting of one man and one woman in an exclusive covenant commitment for their joint lifetime. It is our fundamental biblical conviction that marriage is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church in a single, exclusive union of one man and one woman. (Ephesians 5:22-32; Gen 2:18-25; Matt. 19:3-6)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines and practices of St. Paul Community Church. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31)
The Church – We believe the New Testament speaks of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. Members of the Body of Christ are to meet regularly in local congregations for the building up of the church and glorification of Christ.
Each local church family is a congregation of believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two sacraments of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. (Acts 1:8, 2; 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 1:22-23 and 5:22-32, Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Tim. 3; Titus 1)
Sacraments – We believe that two Sacraments have been given to the church, these being Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- Baptism – We believe that baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's unification by faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. As such, baptism is a picture and proclamation of the believer's death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Baptism is a believer’s first theological confession and uniting point to the Church
- The Lord’s Supper – We believe that the Lord’s Supper is likewise a symbolic and experiential act whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and cup, memorialize together the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.)