“Love God, love people, and bring the two together.”
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV84)
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV84)
At UCC we believe that the mission of the church “boils down” to the greatest commandments and the great commission. Together we pursue them both, and as we do, we strive to express the greatness of God. We want our lives, collectively and individually, to be lived in such a way that each word spoken and each deed done is a proclamation of “how great is our God!”
The culmination of Scripture is that every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Why wait?!?! We strive to live to glorify Him today!
- Jesus Christ is the only Son of God who died for our sins and arose from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, John 1:14 and 1 John 4:9
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:14-16, Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12
- Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:9-12,23
- Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are given to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. John 3:16 and Acts 4:9-12
- Those desiring to accept Christ should repent and turn to the Lord, confess their faith, and, be baptized by immersion. Romans 10:9-10 & Acts 2:38
- The fullness of the Holy Spirit is available to all believers. 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 12:13, 2 Timothy 1:14
- The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to save the lost and edify the saved. Ephesians 4:1-16
- Jesus will one day return and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 1 Thesselonians 4:13-18
Our Core Values
- Lost people. They matter to God; therefore, they matter to us too.
- Cultural relevance with doctrinal purity.
- Ever maturing faith. An authentic faith that yearns for continuous growth.
- Loving relationships. Being inspired and motivated by love in every aspect of church life.
- Prayer. Relying on prayer as the lifeline of the church.
- Anointed teaching and worship. Utilizing both as a catalyst for life-transformation.
- Full devotion to Christ and His cause. Devotion to Him is normal for and expected of every Christian
- Life change. Change best happens in small groups.
- A Biblical foundation. This is the foundation of our ministry and is our only “untouchable.”
Our vision is to be a church that:
- Leads people to a personal encounter with Christ.
- Witnesses people coming to Christ daily.
- Experiences lives being transformed as broken people find spiritual and emotional healing in vital relationships with other believers.
- Encounters the Living God through expressions of corporate worship.
- Equips people to go out and make a difference in the world.
- Raises up disciples who will become pastors, missionaries and influencers here and around the world.
- Serves as an operations center for building God’s Kingdom in the Manhattan area.
Beliefs, values and vision are not worth much unless they are translated into action. Based on what the Bible teaches, we believe the following should be practiced by the church:
- The Bible is our sole authority and guide (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We encourage the practice of daily Bible reading, study, and memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
- Autonomy of each local church (Colossians 1:18). Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.
- Priesthood of all believers (2 Peter 2:9). The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to full time Christian service in and through their chosen vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every Christian has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
- Stewardship of income (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-12). At University Christian Church we practice sacrificial giving for the support of Christ’s Body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving from the Old Testament. The New Testament goes beyond the Old Testament standard and teaches that we are to be good stewards in everything in recognition that God is Lord of everything in our lives.
- Baptism by immersion (Colossians 2:12). We practice baptism by immersion – completely underwater just the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.
- Taking communion weekly (Acts 20:7). In the New Testament Church, the Lord’s Supper was taken every week on the first day of the week. We model this approach of remembering the Lord’s sacrificial death for us every week.
- Spirit-led living (John 15:5). We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. Through daily Bible study and prayer, we seek to practice a day-to-day dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.
- Telling others about Christ (1 Peter 3:15). It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God has given us a relationship. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to Church.