The following is a list of our core beliefs:
We believe in Celebrating God
In joy and gratitude we worship God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and glorify God in all things. The church is committed to enjoying and sharing the good news in an atmosphere of celebration. We lift up God's grace and love in the community, among believers and unbelievers, and to the broader world by sharing the good news in word and deed.
We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and Reliance on The Holy Spirit
We have a clear focus on Jesus Christ in our faith and worship. Inviting and nurturing persons into new and deeper relationships with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is central to all we are and do. We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior and Lord given by God for the world and the church exists to know Him and to make Him known. The Holy Spirit is relied upon as God present and active with renewing power in the lives of individual believers and through the church. The Holy Spirit communicates the living presence of Jesus Christ and thereby guides, empowers, and sustains all the ministries of the church by conveying the multidimensional grace of God. Reliance on the Holy Spirit encompasses placing great faith in the importance, power, and practice of prayer.
Authority of Scripture
Scriptural truth is the primary source for all that we believe and do. We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the written Word of God given by the inspiration of God to reveal His will for all people. The Scriptures are totally truthful and totally trustworthy. The church is committed to helping people increase their understanding and application of the Bible.
Faithful and Fruitful: A Growing Church
We believe in growth in breadth (size) - The church should be continually growing as new Christians are being born to faith by the power of God working through various ministries of evangelism. There is an intentional focus on winning persons of all ages to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that apart from Christ, people are lost and without hope in the world. The primary means of evangelism is the relational outreach of believers to non-believers. Numerical church growth through conversion is vital because every number represents a person that needs to be led into a life-giving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
We believe in growth in depth (discipleship) - Disciples are continually being nurtured and challenged toward holiness of heart and life, faith and practice. We trust that human beings can be sanctified (made holy) in love by the power of the Holy Spirit working together with their intentional efforts to grow as disciples of Christ. The church is a champion of Christian morals and it supports accountability and renewal in all aspects of Christian behavior.
There is a commitment to making people of all ages and stages of life into disciples (fully devoted and mature followers of Jesus Christ). Through various ministries of worship, education, relational groups, and mission activities an intentional effort is made to develop followers of Jesus
Christ who evidences spiritual growth and Christian maturity. Signs of Christian maturity include the following: character growth and personal holiness; redemptive family or single lifestyle relationships; taking up ones ministry to the church and to the world; full participation in the community of faith; lifestyle Christianity -- the practice of faith in Christ in daily obedience to the will and Word of God; a growing experience with the Scripture as the written Word of God.
Worship and Music (and Sacraments)
We celebrate God's presence in our lives through worship. Our worship and music are reverent, celebrative and dynamic with a focus on honoring God, edifying believers, and convincing seekers of the need and value of accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. To edify believers and to convince seekers our worship and music are designed to be culture current while blending the best of contemporary and traditional styles. The sacraments of Baptism (for adults and children) and Holy Communion (for all who seek God's grace) form an important part of worship as significant means of God's grace. We practice baptism for children, youth, and adults by either sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. We will lead all children baptized in our church toward a personal confession of faith and a personal experience of accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through Confirmation classes and other means. Adults, and youth are expected to make a confession of faith at the time of their baptism. We celebrate Holy Communion no less than once each month.
A Church of Loving Servants
We believe in loving and serving others in practical ways in response to God's love for us in Christ. As the body of Christ in the world the Church reaches out locally and globally, ministering to the material and spiritual needs of persons within our reach. This loving action entails social justice ministry to the least and lost, the helpless and hopeless, the impoverished and needy at home and abroad. We believe that small acts of love done with great kindness can change the world for the better.
The Priesthood of all Believers
Disciples are developed as Christian leaders and are equipped for ministry through the church and in their daily lives. The Church helps people to identify and use their spiritual gifts and God-given talents along with their unique life experience to share in the ministry of Christ. The Pastor, ministry staff, and support staff are models, servant leaders, and guides for the laity with whom they join in ministry.
We are committed to growing as a Christian community through varied opportunities for the creation and nurture of significant Christian relationships. Authentic Christian community encompasses providing opportunities for healing and recovery of body, mind, and soul. Christian community intentionally practices Christian hospitality to "newcomers" and all other persons. Small groups for mutual care, spiritual growth, faith sharing, and service are a vital element of our growth as a Christian community. We honor the high commitment of membership in the church by asking all persons who unite with Saint John to participate in a membership course and sign a membership covenant.
Proportionate giving based on the Biblical tithe is anticipated of all members so that both members and the total community of faith may fully enjoy the rich blessings of God which flow from faithful stewardship. We recognize that all our resources are gifts of God entrusted to us for our benefit and for the advancement of His will on earth.
A United Methodist Church
We strive to remain Wesleyan in doctrine and are committed to the United Methodist denomination. We accept the Doctrinal Standards and General Rules of the United Methodist Church (UM Book of Discipline par. 67). We recognize and submit to the authority of the United Methodist denomination and the Book of Discipline insofar as they are in keeping with our historic Doctrinal Standards, General Rules, and the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures. (Copies of our historic Doctrinal Standards and General Rules are available by request and in the church office and library).