We exist to bring the good news of the kingdom to a diverse city.
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church is a community of faith, which is a result of a benevolent King's gracious dealings with a People for the purpose of restoring His life-giving Presence. Therefore, people can experience the goodness and hope of His Rule & Blessing. This is the reality that Jesus envisioned when beginning His ministry by stating, "Behold, the kingdom of God is at hand." It was His life, death, and resurrection that made it possible for this spiritual reality to be ushered into our earthly existence. Our hearts' desire and prayer is to be a vehicle of God's presence so that together, we might begin to experience and share this kingdom existence.
The Kingdom is not just a 'pie in the sky' vision that we are left waiting for until we die. Instead, it is an 'experience' of living in communion with the glorious Son of God as He engages with us via His Gospel, Mission, Community, Spirit, and Truth. More than some religious abstraction set amidst ceremony and tradition,
we desire a personal encounter with the risen Lord Jesus. Our hope is
that through the promises of God in Scripture, by faith in Christ Jesus,
we might “become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). This is St. Paul’s vision for our city: the glory
of Christ – the visible presence of the transcendent God – would be our
glory. That the saving power and transforming love of God would be made
real 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. It would breathe new life, instill new hope, and impart new purpose. 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.