What We Believe

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Sioux City is to be an alive and growing family of faith in God, the God whom we know through Jesus Christ and who has given us in Jesus the image of what human life is meant to be.

We strive to mature in faith by encouraging the free exploration of our Christian beliefs so that our faith will be more relevant to our individual lives and the society in which we live.

With friendship and understanding, we find strength in the diversity of interests and backgrounds of our members. We welcome all persons to join us in seeking answers to life’s ultimate questions.

We take love to be the heart of the Gospel of Jesus and the unifying force in our church. Therefore, we celebrate God’s love and blessings in worship; we nurture one another through acceptance and caring and sharing; we reach out beyond ourselves to the needs of others, to promote justice and witness to God’s love.

In all we do, we seek to continue our heritage of being pioneering people in a changing world.

We believe:

  • that God is love (1 John 4:7-8)
  • that God made all of humanity to love and be loved—no exceptions (Matthew 22:37-40)
  • that the community called Church is the school and laboratory in which we learn and practice the art of loving and being loved (Colossians 3:14-16)
  • that in Jesus of Nazareth, we meet the God who is love in human flesh (John 1:1, 14)
  • that Christianity is not primarily a system of beliefs, but a Way of life taught and embodied by Jesus of Nazareth—there is no such thing as salvation by right opinions (Ephesians 2:10James 2:14-18)
  • that the Bible can—and should—be approached intellectually and spiritually, with the mind and with the heart (Proverbs 1:72 Peter 3:15-16)
  • that there is room for diversity of thought and opinion within the Christian community (Mark 9:38-40, Romans 14:4-5)
  • that Jesus is not dead, but by the power of God’s Holy Spirit is alive among us, leading us still as the Church’s only head (Matthew 28:1-10)
  • that God calls us in Jesus to follow the Spirit into our community and our world to spread the Good News of God’s all-inclusive love and Jesus’ victory over hatred and death in word and in deed (Matthew 28:18-20)

UCC Core Values

Continuing Testament
Our faith is 2000 years old; our thinking is not.

Extravagant Welcome
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.

Changing Lives
Never place a period where God has placed a comma,…God is still speaking.