We Believe

Our leadership is committed to the centrality of the gospel message and a general confession of the Christian faith and call to action. IRPC is an ECO Presbyterian congregation that practices basic reformed theology. Below is a list of the essential beliefs by which we live.

The Trinity
We believe God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that He is a being of unimaginably wonderful power, goodness, and love. 
Psalm 118:1Psalm 145:1–9Matthew 28:192 Corinthians 13:14

We believe the world exists because God created it, that it belongs to Him and therefore we should cherish and care for it. 
Genesis 1:1Psalm 24:1–2Isaiah 40:25–261 Corinthians 10:26

We believe all human beings have dignity because they were created by God in His own image, and great worth because they are valued by God beyond our ability to measure. 
Genesis 1:27, 31Psalm 8:3–6John 3:16Romans 5:8

We believe this world also has pain and suffering because human beings have fallen and sinned, and are estranged from God, from each other, from ourselves, and from creation. 
Genesis 3:17Romans 3:23Colossians 1:21Titus 3:3

God's Redemptive Plan
We believe God does not intend for sin and suffering to get the last word, but is at work to redeem and reconcile what He has made. 
Isaiah 11:6–9Colossians 1:21–23Revelation 21:1–5

We believe God has expressed himself uniquely in His Son Jesus, who lived, taught, died, and rose again for our sakes. Jesus is our master and teacher and savior and friend, and now reigns forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
John 14:6–7Acts 2:321 Corinthians 15:3–4Ephesians 2:13Colossians 1:15–20Philippians 2:5–111 Timothy 2:5–6

The Bible
We believe God has revealed the truth about Himself in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, which are our unique and authoritative guides in faith and action. 
Matthew 4:41 Thessalonians 2:132 Timothy 3:16–17

The Holy Spirit
We believe the Spirit of God is now available so we can be closer to God than the air we breathe.
John 14:26Acts 1:8Romans 8:26Galatians 3:14, Ephesians 1:13–14

The Church
We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, and growth to the human race, to which He invites everyone who is willing to follow Jesus to join.
Matthew 18:18–20John 1:12–13, Acts 1:8Galatians 3:281 Peter 2:9

We live in hope because one day Jesus will return, love and justice will prevail, and God will set the world right. 
Matthew 24:30–31Luke 12:40Romans 8:37–39Revelation 21:1–5