What We Believe

Independent Presbyterian Church

IPC — Joining God in the World, Welcoming our Neighbors. 

IPC Mission Statement:

From our Jewish roots to our Scottish heritage, from the first among us to the least of these, IPC exists to glorify God in truth, beauty and service to others. Christ-centered and cross-cultural, we experience God fully in life beyond ourselves -- for the world is our parish!

IPC Guiding Principles:

We are...
(1) Christ-centered and Trinitarian in our worship, study and service;
(2) Presbyterian in doctrine and polity-- "Reformed and always being reformed" according to God in Scripture;
(3) Growing our relationship with God, by seeking to understand Scripture, prayerful discernment of gifts, and being a part of the body of Christ in Birmingham and in the world;
(4) Theologically diverse with openness, love and respect for one another when we differ on matters of faith and practice within the essential tenets of the Reformed faith;
(5) Glorifying God in art, music, education and action;
(6) Joining God in the world by sharing the Gospel in both evangelism and social justice ministry.

From A Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death, we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community. We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying “Come, Lord Jesus.”  ( A Brief Statement of Faith, Presbyterian Church, USA)

The Sacraments
"Two fundamental aspects of our beliefs in the Reformed tradition are the sacraments of baptism and communion, instituted by God and commended by Christ. "Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God's action. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service." (Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order)

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