UKIRK – Bloomington, IN is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), but we’re not all Presbyterians – some of us are Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, but pretty much all of us are trying to figure it all out. You don’t need to be certain about anything to be a part of our community. Students of all faith backgrounds or convictions are invited and welcome.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) identifies with the reformed Christian tradition, which professes that God is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Ghost, that Christ is fully God and fully human, that Jesus Christ was crucified and risen, justification by faith through grace, the authority of scripture and the priesthood of all believers, and practices two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s supper.
Some of the core convictions of the faith we teach and practice, are:
THE WORLD BELONGS TO GOD
Christ preached the good news of the kingship of God – that the world we live in and all that is in it belongs to God. All things are from God: it is by God’s creation and design that all things have been brought into the world. In the same way, all things are for God: it is for the glory of God alone that all things have been made. But even more so, Christ shows us that God is good: a God who is glorified by beauty and mercy, and a God who’s steadfast love endures forever. Jesus and his followers called this “good news,” good news that a God of grace holds the last word in all things.
WE BELONG TO GOD
As the world belongs to God, we belong to God. We have been made in the image of God, we have been made to glorify God, and in Jesus Christ, we have been claimed by God. Each of us have been given a special life to be used for God’s glory. When we trust and rely on God, God dwells within us and brings our individual gifts and talents to life in goodness, love, beauty and mercy – bringing them us to life in ways glorify God in fullness.
WE BELONG TO ONE ANOTHER
As we belong to God, we also belong to each other. Our gifts and talents are uniquely given alongside others, and in one baptism and one faith, we are bound to one another. As we all fall short of God’s glory, we need each others’ gifts. In faith we rely on the witness of those before us and around us, as together we live new life in Christ as one body of many members.
Adapted from UKIRK OLE MISS‘s “What We Believe” page