St. Paul Evangelical Church is a Reformed church located in Cibolo, Texas. We are members of the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches. (www.evangelicalassociation.org). We seek as a church: To Know Christ, To Make Him Known, To Build His Kingdom. We are an unworthy, undeserving, and broken people who seek to embody the loving embrace of Christ. We hope to draw people to Christ by serving them and meeting their needs without expectation. We take seriously the call of Christ to go in to all the world and make disciples. We will seek to fulfill this calling within our own congregation as well is in our world, nation, state, city, and neighborhoods.
Our Church, Beliefs, & History
St. Paul Evangelical Church believes that the Scriptures consisting of the Old and New Testaments is the word of God and is our only rule of faith and practice. We do also believe that many of the historic creeds of the church help explain very concisely and clearly to us what the scripture teaches. So we recognize them as explanations of our faith.
St. Paul holds the following texts within our core beliefs.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty; Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Five Solas
To God alone be the glory (Soli Deo Gloria, 1st Corinthians 10:31)
Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura, 2 Timothy 3:14-17)
Grace alone (Sola Gratia, Ephesians 2:8-9)
Faith alone (Sola Fide, Galations 3:6-11)
Christ alone (Solo Christo, Colossians 1:13-18, John 14:6)
The Five Essentials
The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8-9).
The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27).
The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28; Romans 3:25, Rom. 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14).
The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 1 Cor. 15:14-15).
The inerrancy of the scriptures themselves (Psalm 12:6-7; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20).
The Apostle's Creed
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit; the one holy universal Christian Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
The EA (Evangelical Association) Statement of Faith
We affirm the following:
The Trinitarian name of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God has revealed Himself fully and decisively as attested in Holy Scripture. We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. The Scriptures are the guide of faith and life.
There is only one way to salvation – through Jesus Christ.
The sanctity of human life at every stage based on our creation in the image of God and our election by God for service in His kingdom.
The Biblical guidelines for human sexuality: marriage as the union of one man and one woman, chastity outside of marriage, lifelong fidelity and holiness in marriage for the sake of the Kingdom.
That the mission of the Church is to spread the good news of the Gospel of salvation in every word and deed. We are sent by Christ into all the world to bring every person into a life of faith, discipleship and submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.