St. Paul Westport is committed to:
The proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as based on God's Word (Romans 1: 16-17) is the standard that guides all sermons at St. Paul Westport. It is God's Word to our ears.
The early church studied the teachings of the apostles to develop a sense of what God would have them do in relationship to their Christian walk. St. Paul Westport studies the Scriptures to learn about God's will and call to obedience for today’s walk.
Worship is always directed toward God for praise, adoration and exaltation. Our goal is worship the Triune God. We focus on singing, prayers, scripture reading, sermons, offerings and the celebration of the sacraments (baptism and communion). We celebrate in the context of a church year that proclaims Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost.
We distinguish between the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5) that every Christian will produce; the God-given talents (Matthew 25) that are to be consecrated and given back to God for His glory and praise; and the Gifts of the Spirit (I Corinthians 14) that God gives as He wills for the edification of the Body of Christ.
New Testament Age
We believe that the world is sitting on a historical line between the Ascension of Jesus Christ and His return to judge the world. St. Paul Westport is part of a long line of committed believers who give witness to the Gospel (Jesus Christ Crucified and Risen) by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our part in the process is small in comparison to the saints that have come before us and of those that will come after us, but in the context of the here and now, we are an important part of the Kingdom's work today!
When the Apostle Paul, while traveling to Damascus, was confronted by the Lord Jesus, he asked two questions: Who are you? And What do you want me to do? It is essential that every person ask these same two questions. If you have asked the first question and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, then it is essential that you ask the second question. If you are unsure about what He wants you to do, then your must prayerfully go before the Lord and seek His direction for your life. He will show you what He wants you to do. This is His promise to you.