University Presbyterian Church is a community of ordinary people who have discovered that true fulfillment in life is found only in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
We believe that the answers to life's questions are found in God's Word, the Bible. The Bible is our only infallible rule for faith and behavior. We believe the Bible is God-breathed, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts.
We believe that God has eternally existed in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We also believe that the second Person of the Trinity became man, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, rose again, and ascended into heaven, where he now reigns at the Father's right hand, awaiting the day when he will return and judge the earth in righteousness.
The Bible teaches that Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, but rebelled against God by breaking His law. Because Adam represented the whole of the human race, each of us is sinful and guilty from birth. As a consequence, our relationship with God and other human beings is broken.
God is a just and holy God who cannot let sin go unpunished. However, because he is also loving and gracious, God chose to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the punishment due our sin.
By turning from your sins and placing your trust in Jesus, you can be justified - that is, forgiven and counted as righteous by God - not because of what you do for God, but because of what he has done for you on the cross. The moment you put your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit fills you and empowers you to live a new kind of life - a life of real joy, meaning, and purpose.
If you have never asked God to forgive you, make you his child, and change your life from the inside out, here is a simple prayer you may use to do so:
"God, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. But I believe that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and rise again for me. I am truly sorry for my sins and want to live a life that honors you. So please, come into my life; take control; forgive my sins and make me your child. I place my trust in you for my salvation. I accept the free gift of eternal life. Help me to follow you as your child from this point forward. Amen".
Don't stop with that prayer. We want to help you grow and mature in your faith. Please contact one of our Pastors to get more deeply connected with God and his people. It's important not to go it alone, but to have friends and a church family to support and encourage you in your walk with Christ.
For a fuller statement of our beliefs about God, humanity, the Bible, and the person and work of Jesus Christ, we refer you to the confessional statement of The Gospel Coalition, as well as the Westminster Confession of Faith along with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, which can be found here.