WHAT WE BELIEVE

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He give every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

About The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1

About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into Him.
John 3:16, Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:25-27; Romans 5:1; 1 Peter 3:20-22; Acts 22:16

STAFF

Tom Steele

LEAD PASTOR

Tom grew up in northwest Iowa and will always be an Iowa boy at heart. After high school he attended Nebraska Christian College and met and married his wife Suzi. After graduating from NCC with a degree in Pastoral Ministries, Tom and Suzi moved to Illinois in order to attend Lincoln Christian Seminary and begin full time youth ministry at Faith Christian Church in Quincy. Upon completing a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Tom and his growing family moved to Grinnell, Iowa where Tom begin a five year ministry as the Involvement Minister at Grinnell Christian Church. In January 2005, Tom and his family moved to Iowa City to take his current position here at Iowa City Church of Christ.

Chris Coker

CHILDREN’S MINISTER

Chris oversees our Children’s Ministry at IC3. Chris was raised in a small town in southern Indiana.  After high school, he attend Ozark Christian College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Biblical Literature degree in 2000.  Over the past 12 years, he and his family have ministered to children and their families in Kansas City.   He is married to his wife, Cindy, they have two sons, Nathan and Noah. He has a passion to see kids and their family grow closer to Christ.