We exist to bring the good news of God's Kingdom to a diverse city.
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church is a gospel-centered Christian community. We seek to worship the triune-God and share the good news of Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and eventual return (also known as the gospel of Jesus Christ). It is only through this good news, and by the Lord's grace and mercy, that anyone can have a relationship with God and be part of His Kingdom. We want the saving power and transforming love of God to be made manifest in every aspect of our lives, our families, and our communities. What would it mean to proclaim the gospel – the grace and truth of Jesus – with our lives? We want to reach all of Midtown, indeed, all of Atlanta with this good news – from the poor, homeless, and sexually broken, to the elderly, un-churched, and disillusioned.
St. Paul's desire to be a Kingdom-oriented community requires knowing our King, Jesus Christ. Thus, we center our values on the means by which Christ told us to commune with Him:
- GOSPEL: The gospel is not only a provision to enter heaven (by grace through faith), but it is also the A to Z’s of everyday Christian living. Through the gospel, God daily transform our minds and our hearts, allowing us to live more and more free of sin's effects. The Gospel changes both the “inward” person (heart, mind, and soul) and the "outward" person (body and action)--aligning us with the will of the Father. By God's grace and mercy, we have been given a helper, the Holy Spirit, who works in and through all believers for the Lord's good purposes. By being inwardly and outwardly transformed, Jesus impacts every corner of our lives: the spiritual, emotional, physical, vocational, familial, sexual, financial, etc. The gospel, therefore, provides a holistic vision of life, empowering us in Christ from spiritual conversion to mature discipleship.
- MISSION: More than a church that does missions (which we do), we believe a biblically-designed church is a missionary -- a biblically-designed church shows how the Lord Jesus makes Himself present in, with, and through His followers. The Christ-centered community, then, becomes the very life giving and mediated presence of Christ. This is God’s missionary strategy to the world (John 1:14, 20:21).
- COMMUNITY: We are a Church where community matters. Community formation occurs when Christ is worshiped as our Savior and King. We form community through personal relationships and participation in the Church body, all under the shepherding care of Christ’s servant leaders. (John 13:34, Gal. 6:2, 1 Peter 5:1-5)
- SPIRIT: We have a carefully designed four-movement Church service that follows a gospel logic of sacramental worship. Sacramental worship includes participating in the sacraments weekly and joining in Christian discipleship through our Community Groups (1 Cor. 10:14-17, Heb. 12:22-24, Rev. 4-5).
- CHRISTIAN TRADITION: We seek to hear God’s voice in expositional
preaching and teaching. Scripture is our only rule of faith and practice. Still, we want to humbly interpret Scripture with the consensus of the
church, which has been passed down from every age and place through the use of
“confessions”. Our consensus is reflected in the Westminster Confession
of Faith, which is consistent with other familiar creeds such as the
Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.