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St. Paul's Believes:

God - We believe in the God of the Scripture who is the creator of all things. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. To Him there is no beginning and no end. God's desire is to have a personal relationship with all people and gives that privilege to all who believe in His Son Jesus the Christ.

Jesus the Christ - We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus as recorded in the scripture. We believe that not only is Jesus the Christ the Son of God, but as John 1 declares, Jesus is God in whom all things are created. Our salvation depends on our belief in Him according to the confession of Peter in Matthew 16:16, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Our salvation depends on believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose from the dead on the third day. We believe He ascended into heaven to prepare the heavenly kingdom for all God's children and that He will return to claim His church.

Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity, which consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given to the believers on the day of Pentecost after being promised by Jesus before He ascended into heaven. The purpose of the Spirit is to be our comforter and to discern the Word of God. He guides us into all truth.

Holy Bible - The Bible consists of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament deals with the history of the Israelite people, the promises of God to His children, and the prophecy of the Messiah who is Jesus the Christ. The second part is the New Testament which deals with the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, as well as the birth of the church and the laws and covenants the church is guided by. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness." (II Timothy 3:16)

Baptism - Baptism is one of two ordinances of the church. The method of baptism has been a divisive point to many churches and so we accept sprinkling, pouring, and immersion. Baptism is an outward expression of the aforementioned statement of Jesus.

Communion - Communion is one of the two ordinances of the church. We practice open communion to all believers in Jesus whether members of St. Paul's or not. We believe it is by invitation of Jesus and that it is symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus. We follow the instruction of the scripture that says "as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you show the Lord's death until He returns".

Membership - Any baptized believer in Jesus who openly professes the aforementioned belief in Jesus and comes before the congregation to affirm their faith and desire to actively participate in the ministry of Christ and St. Paul's will be extended the right hand of fellowship.

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Advent

The four Sundays of Advent each have a specific theme or focus. The purpose of each theme is to spend time reflecting on the true meaning of the season - the life of Jesus Christ. The goal should be to come before God with a sincere heart and to worship Jesus Christ.

The Advent wreath first appeared in Germany in 1839. The Advent wreath is often made of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life amid winter and death as the evergreen is continuously green. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible. Advent candles shine brightly amid darkness, symbolizing and reminding us that Jesus came as Light into our dark world.

The most common Advent candle tradition involves five candles around the wreath: 3 Purple and one Pink on the outside and a white candle in the middle.

The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the "Prophet’s Candle." The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival.

The second candle represents faith and is called "Bethlehem’s Candle." Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David.

The third candle symbolizes joy and is called the "Shepherd’s Candle." To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for humble, unimportant people like them, too. In liturgy, the color rose signifies joy.

The fourth candle represents peace and is called the "Angel’s Candle." The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace--He came to bring people close to God and to each other again.

The fifth candle represents light and purity and is called "Christ’s candle." It is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


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