What We Believe
Inspiring people to live and love like Jesus.
Welcome to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is a congregation united in the belief that God loves each of us unconditionally. Whether you are young or old, conservative or liberal, a Spartan or a Wolverine, single, attached or “it’s complicated,” there is a place for you at St. Paul’s. Together, we strive to model God’s love by listening to one another, caring for each other, and respecting each person’s unique gifts and perspectives. Our umbrella is wide. Our table is long. St. Paul’s is a church where you can be you, be loved, be change. You belong here.
We believe that
Love changes lives, and therefore, we are called to love all people as Jesus Christ loves us.
Worship is a celebration of God with one another, where our souls are nurtured through scripture, message, music, and prayer.
Service provides an opportunity to share God’s love and compassion as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
Spiritual growth is our lifelong journey, where we grow our faith in Jesus Christ with one another, living in grace and walking in love through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Witness is our invitation to others to know God and to share God’s love, peace, and compassion with our members and guests.
The Definition of a Methodist according to John Wesley
John Wesley used the following passage from Matthew’s Gospel in answer to the question, “What is a Methodist?”
‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’