THE TRINITY

There is one God, who eternally exists in a communion of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 


THE INCARNATION

The Second Person of the Holy Trinity--God the Son--became man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is both fully God and fully human.


THE ATONEMENT

Jesus Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead for the salvation of his people. He bore the sins of many, so that we might be reconciled to God. 


THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE

We believe that the Holy Scriptures are completely trustworthy and are our ultimate authority for our beliefs and our lifestyles. We believe that the Scriptures are inspired (2 Timothy 3:16), which in Christian theology means that God oversaw the writing of the Bible in such a way that He speaks to us in and through its very words. Therefore, we believe that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant--that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts and hence, when properly interpreted, will not lead us astray. As Augustine said, "What the Bible says, God says."


JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

We believe that salvation is only by God's grace and is received solely by faith in Christ. Our good works do not contribute to our salvation but are evidence of a transformed life. We confess that this understanding is the clearest way to articulate the biblical gospel and that the church's health is seriously impaired when this teaching is obscured. Further, this truth of justification by faith alone is, as the Protestant Reformers maintained, the article upon which the church either stands or falls.


THE TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY

We believe that the faith revealed in the Scriptures and confessed in the Creeds is (in the words of the late Francis Schaeffer) "true truth," not simply a collection of religious platitudes. Therefore we believe, for example, in the historicity of the biblical miracles, of the Virgin birth, and of the resurrection, and we look forward to Christ's Second Coming. 


Iron Works Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.  We subscribe to the historic Christian faith as taught in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and expressed in these creeds, confessions, and catechisms: