As Christians we find our identity and our understanding of our beliefs in the Bible. We believe that the Scriptures are our loving Father’s means of communicating His will for a full and abundant life to the people that He created, and also His way of expressing His desire to have a relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
We believe there is only One God who has always existed as three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – the Trinity, and that He really did create the world and everything in it.
We believe that His only Son, Jesus, was fully God and fully man, and that he came and lived, and suffered, and died just as the Old Testament had predicted. That He did it all on our behalf, in order to restore our relationship to God that was broken by our own selfishness and pride. That His victory over death was declared when he was raised from the dead on the third day. And that Jesus is the promised One Ancient Hope.
We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. That we were all created to live forever. And that personal trust and commitment to follow and serve Jesus, and admittance of our own inability to pay the penalty for our sinful actions is needed to secure this promised Ancient Hope. Fortunately for us, the faith required to come to Christ, is a free gift of grace.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s gift to everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus, and He works in us to conform and transform us towards more Christlike character, and to provide assurance of the Hope that is waiting for us…even when things seem hopeless.
We believe that Jesus Christ sits as the head of the Church, and that the Church is made up of all those people from every tongue and tribe and nation around the world who trust in Jesus, and that the Church is a family that God created to weep with those who weep, and laugh with those who laugh – for our mutual encouragement, and for our accountability.
We believe that the world, our culture, and our lives present complex problems; and yet, far too often, the truths of the Bible have been misused, misunderstood, and misapplied to those complex issues – yet the gospel has the answers we seek. As Christians, we hope to bring the peace and hope of the true gospel to all of life, and especially in our home – Iowa City.
We believe that how we live in this world is crucial to the advance of the gospel of Jesus. As Jesus prayed in the garden before his capture and crucifixion, we ask that “God would make us one, even as He and the Son are One, so that the world may know that God loves them, and sent His Son Jesus for them (John 17:21).”
As Presbyterians (PCA), we find our more specific identity in the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is a centuries-old document, written by men who loved God, and sought to bring some specificity to their understanding of the Scriptures.