Bibles

About Us

St. Johns is a United Methodist Church that exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Core Values

  • Following Christ: A saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ is more important than anything else in life. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again" (John 11:25).

  • Radical Hospitality: Christian hospitality refers to the active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers. The open, welcoming, and gracious ideal of fellowship practiced by Jesus must be reflected in all aspects of church life. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind (Luke 14:13).

  • Passionate Participation: Passionate means an intense desire, eagerness, anticipation, expectancy, ardent spirit, and deep commitment to be with fellow believers in the ministries of the church. Together we are the church and each of us is a separate and necessary part. Now all of you together are Christ’s body and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27).

  • Spiritual Growth: God has chosen us to do his work among the people. In order to be all that God desires of us, we must continue to learn (through public and private means), study, and be open to His call. God wants us to grow, to know the whole truth, to live and love like Christ. Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love  (Ephesians 4:16).

  • Developing Relationships: Having healthy, caring relationships with others is crucial for our physical well-being and our spiritual development. The Kingdom of God is revealed among people who strive to live in Christ like relationships in the way they think, act, care, and decide about others. They joined with other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and Prayer. . . . They worshiped together…met in homes…and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people (Acts 2:42; 46-47a).

  • Active Service: Every follower of Jesus Christ has at least one talent, skill, or ability that can and should be used in some area of ministry. God must want us to use our lives to make a difference in our community, nation, and world. God’s wonderful gifts are to be used generously in the service of others. God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts.  Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you (1 Peter 4:10).

  • Evangelism – Go: Jesus calls us to Go! Go to make disciples of all nations, but that does mean we forget about our local community. We are to be a “FORCE” in our world, not a “FORTRESS." God’s saving mission is that all people should come to know and love Jesus Christ as Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him bringing glory to His name.  You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ (Romans 1:5-6).

  • Holy Scripture: We share with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. Through Scripture, the living Christ meets us in the experience of redeeming grace. The Bible is inspired by God and is the rule and guide for our faith and practice. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.  It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do (2 Timothy 2:16-17).