St. Paul's Mission

We exist to bring the good news of the 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. By participating in a gospel-center community, people experience the goodness and hope of the Lord's commands and blessings. St. Paul's is united with other Bible-believing Christian communities across the globe as part of God's Kingdom on earth. As part of that Kingdom, we embrace our mission to bring the good news of the gospel to Midtown, to Atlanta, to Georgia, and to every corner of the globe. Our hearts' desire and prayer is to be a vehicle of God's presence and a visible sign of the Lord's grace and mercy. 

While on earth, we can also experience part of God's Kingdom of Heaven through a personal relationship with the the Son of God, the risen Lord Jesus. Through faith in Jesus Christ, our hope is that we might “become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). This is St. Paul’s vision for Atlanta: that we would share in the glory of Christ – the visible presence of the transcendent God. 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? How might that look? Simply stated, it would transform everything in and around us. Its redemptive effects would reach all of Midtown, indeed, all of Atlanta – from the poor, homeless,  and sexually broken, to the elderly, un-churched, and disillusioned. And it would create a church community worth knowing and seeking.

St. Paul's Spiritual Core Values

St. Paul's desire to be a kingdom-oriented community is centered in being deeply connected to its King, Jesus Christ. Thus, we aim to focus our lives via the means Christ gave us to be in communion with Him:

  • GOSPEL: The Gospel is not only the ABC’s of the Christian life, but the A to Z’s of everyday Christian living. The Gospel is not only a provision to enter heaven (based on grace through faith), but it is also the vehicle God provides to 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 "outward" person (body and action)--aligning us with the will of the Father. This happens only by God's grace and mercy, and we have been given a helper, the Holy Spirit, who works in and through all believers for the Lord's good purposes. Because we are inwardly and outwardly transformed by God's grace and mercy, 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 the biblically-designed church is the focus of mission. The Church being the Church is the missionary, as the Lord Jesus makes Himself present in, with, and through His body.  The body of Christ, 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. This community formation occurs when Christ is worshiped as our Savior and King. We form community through through personal relationships and participation in the Church body under the shepherding care of Christ’s servant leaders. (John 13:34, Gal. 6:2, 1 Peter 5:1-5)

  • SPIRIT:  Sacramental spirituality wherein Christ our Priest is “fleshed out”, via the Holy Spirit, in a carefully designed four movement worship service that follows a gospel logic. Sacramental worship will include participating in the sacraments weekly and throughout the week in our contextualized Community Groups (1 Cor. 10:14-17, Heb. 12:22-24, Rev. 4-5).

  • ANCIENT CONVERSATION:  Listening for the Word of Christ, we seek to hear God’s voice in expositional preaching and teaching. The Scripture is our only rule of faith and practice. Even so, we want to humbly read and interpret the Scripture with the consensus of the church, that 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’ and Nicene creeds. We strive to apply our beliefs to all of life and reflect the very Spirit of the Kingdom.