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About Us 2017-12-01T17:41:17+00:00

We are striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible – right here in Ankeny, Iowa. A church with relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, authentic relationships, joy-filled living, and compassionate care. We’d like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire Ankeny and greater Des Moines community, one life at a time.

CORE BELIEFS

He is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He is the Father of Jesus Christ. He is our Father and will provide for all the needs of our bodies and souls. He is all-present, all-powerful, all-knowing, and without sin.
He is the only begotten Son of God and has been with the Father throughout eternity. He came to earth and gave His life as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. He arose from the dead and is alive forevermore. He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords and victorious over evil. He is the only means of salvation.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son, three person in the triune God. He is “the other comforter”, God with us and God in us to lead, teach, and guide. He is the power of the Church to be witnesses of the Kingdom.
We are by nature sinful and cannot make ourselves right with God. We can only be brought into a right relationship with God by receiving God’s forgiveness through Jesus’ Sacrifice on the cross. We can be given new life through our relationship with Jesus. We are designed for everlasting life.
The Bible is the inspired word of God. It is our only guide to show us what we should believe and how we should live. It is for all to read so we may know and understand God’s will for us.
The church is not a building, but a people who believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Head of the Church and the members are His body. The task of the Church is to make Jesus known throughout the world.
Sacraments are visible signs of God’s invisible grace. We affirm the sacraments of baptism and communion as instituted by Jesus.
Outside of these Core Beliefs, there is room to disagree. There are some doctrines on which two Christians may agree to disagree, even though they are in the same local church and part of the same leadership team.

Examples include: The dating of events in Genesis, order of events associated with the Lord’s return, and degree of separation from worldly practices. When teaching in any such area, it is made clear these beliefs are not essential for salvation or leadership in the church. We may state the case for our position, but will also acknowledge that sincere and intelligent Christians hold different views.

We are committed to nurturing the unity we share as the family of God, and to obeying His command to love another. (Romans 14:1-15:7; 2 Timothy 2:23-24; Titus 3:9)

Renew Community Church

In 2013 The Ridge planted ReNew Community in Ames, IA.