We believe that denominational affiliation is a great picture of Jesus' renewing work in the world and how we are tangibly connected to other Christians. We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, and a church plant of Iron Works Church in Phoenixville and City Church of Wilmington.
The following ideas form our theological identity.
What we believe is a story. It is a true story rooted in history, that is told across generations through God's word, the Bible. This story includes four major acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Renewal. It is a story of God's relentless, loving pursuit of his rebellious creation. So he sent his Son, Jesus, to reclaim people, places and things... even enlisting Jesus' followers to make all things right. Jesus renews and redeems people from every walk of life, from every nation and tribe. We intend to rehearse this story every week, in our missional communities and in worship, as we affirm the historic Christian faith as outlined in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.
We find ourselves in the Reformed Tradition, which came about in its fullness in the 16th century. The Reformed Tradition champions the goodness of creation, the centrality of God's story in all of life, the ongoing work of God, and the necessity of grace -- especially in salvation.
We believe that God is actively making all things new, and calls his people to primarily be loving ambassadors and witnesses living under Jesus' reign. When Christians do this in community, their neighborhoods and workplaces then they make tangible pictures of God's kingdom. People will be able to look at our life together and see something very beautiful and different than anything else.
We hold to Presbyterian church government, which simply means we are led by a team of elders and are connected to other churches. It is good for churches and leaders to be connected -- for encouragement on mission and accountability. We also believe that the sacraments of baptism and communion not only represent God's grace, but also seal and apply that grace in our lives.