Find out not only where we meet, but why we meet, what we believe, and a brief history of Creekside.
Services :: Where and When
Below is our schedule of weekly services and activities, most of which meet at 2743 82nd Place in Urbandale. Call 515-279-3919 for more information. Come as you are, all are welcome.
REMEMBER 9:00–10:00 am
Open remembrance of Christ's death and communion
CONNECT 10:30–11:30 am
Contemporary praise and worship, a Biblical message and communion. Kids age 2.5 through 5th grade meet in Sunday School during CONNECT.
Youth Ministries meeting September through May (Des Moines schools' schedule)
Junior High 6:15-7:45
High School Youth 6:15-7:45 (meets September through mid-July)
Adult Prayer & Bible Study 6:45-7:45
Small group Bible studies on a variety of topics meeting at various homes and at Creekside. Most groups meet on Sunday evenings, but some meet on other days during the week. Visit our Deeper page for details.
Beliefs and Vision
What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, and that God has provided it as our all-sufficient guide for salvation and the Christian life. We believe that God is the creator of the universe, and that although He is one, He exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is God expressed in human terms, that he is true God and true man, that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, and that he is perfect and sinless in His humanity. We believe that mankind is a fallen creature, and that by his own works he cannot save himself from eternal punishment.
We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for man's sin, and that every person who truly believes on Jesus Christ and by faith rests on His finished work on the cross can have his sins forgiven and be immediately and eternally saved. We believe that all who receive Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, indwelt and energized by Him, and are baptized by Him into the body of Christ, the Church.
We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He rules as Head of the Church. We believe that Jesus Christ will return for His Church, after which He will come to earth and establish His kingdom.
We want to be a Christ-centered church. We believe that Jesus is Lord of the universe, the Hope of the world, and the Head of His body, the Church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life... the only way to know God. We believe that Jesus died on the cross in our place as payment for our sins, and that His resurrection guarantees eternal life to all who trust Him.
We want to be a purpose-driven church, driven by the purposes of the Church laid down by Jesus Christ in the Bible. Two major priorities are the great commandment to love God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:34) and the great commission to preach God's message and make disciples (Matthew 24:18). We intend to carry out these priorities by maintaining a balanced commitment to five MAJOR functions of the Church: worship, evangelism, discipleship, ministry, and fellowship (Acts 2:1-47).
We want to be a grace-filled church. We emphasize the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. We want to encourage people and give them hope. We welcome hurting people into a family that will love and accept them in the name of Jesus Christ.
We want people to be motivated by the mercy of God and the love of Christ to dedicate themselves to a life of holy living for the glory of God.
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37-39)
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe... the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:42-47)
"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built..." (Ephesians 4:11-12)
Who are we? What is Creekside about? What is ‘the main thing’?
Our purpose is to obey Christ’s commission to go into all the world and make disciples. We are here in central Iowa to multiply congregations of disciples that focus on worship, fellowship, discipleship, service and outreach.
Why do we do what we do?
We want every individual in our congregation (every generation, old and young) to make a serious commitment to Christ and Creekside, to worship, to personal growth and discipleship, to service and outreach. We need this “every member ministry” in order to fulfill God’s Great Commandment and Great Commission.
Our "Vision Frame" helps us answer 5 vital questions: What are we doing? Why are we doing it? How are we doing it? When are we successful? And where is God taking us?
What we are doing is summarized by our mission statement: Leading people everywhere to a devoted relationship with Jesus Christ.
Creekside values "every-member" ministry, demonstrated by each person discovering and using their gifts to serve God in the local church. We value community-oriented service, demonstrated by ministering to our community in practical ways and sometimes partnering with local organizations and other churches. We value team-based ministry, grounded in the belief that we are more effective when we serve together. We value authentic relationships, demonstrated by growing friendships inside and outside our church family. We value a reliance on prayer, realizing that apart from God we can do nothing.
Our strategy to fulfill our mission involves worship, community, and service. We worship together on Sunday, individually in everything we do, and growing in spiritual disciplines. We foster community life by participating in small groups, ministering to each other through prayer, care and accountability, and build relationships through serving together. We devote ourselves to service for the cause of the Gospel both locally and globally, using our spiritual gifts in the church, and showing God's love in practical ways.
How do we measure success? We are successful when we are worshipers, missionaries, a family, disciples, and live generously.
Marriage and Sexuality
A Statement on Human Sexuality:
Homosexuality and Same-Sex “Marriage”
Adapted from the EFCA’s Spiritual Heritage Committee’s May 2013 statement
The challenges of our day
Never have the sexual ethics of our culture been more confused and contorted. Divorce is rampant; co-habitation before or instead of marriage has become normal; new technologies have made pornography immediately accessible; and the once inconceivable notion of same-sex "marriage" is now recognized by law in all 50 states. The need for a clear voice from the church on these matters is critical, both for the health of our own church community and for our faithful witness to the world.
Due to the incredible surge of interest in affirming homosexuality in recent years, even within Christian churches, the elders of Creekside Church have a burden and a pastoral desire to offer a statement to particularly address the subject of homosexuality and same-sex "marriage." We desire to set forth a Biblical vision of human sexuality as a good gift of God with Scripture as our ultimate authority. The divine design for sexual expression within the commitment of marriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to the well-ordering of human society and is integral to human flourishing. We desire to articulate this ethic as moral truth binding on us all while recognizing our need of God's grace and forgiveness in the ways that we all fall short of this divine ideal.
God’s design for relationships and marriage
Our views of this issue flow from our commitment to God (Dt. 6:5; Matt. 22:37-38) and to His Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17; cf. Dt. 32:45-47; Matt. 4:4). The Bible clearly teaches the enduring truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman. From Genesis to Revelation, the authority of Scripture witnesses to the nature of biblical marriage as uniquely bound to the complementarity of man and woman. This truth is not negotiable. The Lord Jesus Himself said that marriage is from the beginning (Matt. 19:4-6), so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel, which marriage mysteriously reflects (Eph. 5:32).
We affirm God’s creation of and purposes for male-female relationships and sexuality
God created human beings as male and female (Gen. 1:27). The complementary, relational nature of the human race as “male and female” reflects the created order given by God when He created human beings “in His image” (Gen. 1:26-27; 5:1, 3; 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7; Jms. 3:9; cf. Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:23-24; Col. 3:10). It is with joy in our Lord that we are to receive the gift of being either male or female.
Scripture grants two life-enhancing options for sexual behavior: monogamous marital relations between one man and one woman (Gen. 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Matt. 19:4-6; Mk. 10:5-8; cf. Heb. 13:4) or sexual celibacy (1 Cor. 7:7; Matt. 19:12). Either is a gift from God, given as He wills for His glory and the good of those who receive and rejoice in His gift to them.
In Scripture, monogamous heterosexual marriage bears a significance which goes beyond the regulation of sexual behavior: the bearing and raising of children, the formation of families, and the recognition of certain economic and legal rights, all of which are important. Marriage between a woman and a man is emphatically declared in Scripture to create a “one flesh” union (Gen. 2:23-24; Matt. 19:5), which in turn signifies the mystery of the union between Christ and His body, the Church (Eph. 5:22-33). This means that the foundational understanding of marriage is as a covenant grounded in promises between a man and a woman which finds its divinely intended expression in the “one flesh” union of husband and wife, and between the “one flesh” union of husband and wife and God (cf. Prov. 2:16-17; Mal. 2:14; Eph. 5:31-32).
We acknowledge that all sexual activity outside of marriage is a result of sin
All of human existence, including our sexuality, has been deeply damaged by the fall into sin (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23; 5:12). We all are sinners, broken in some measure by this fall. Though Christians are rescued, reconciled, renewed and in process of being transformed, this brokenness also affects us in that we groan, as the whole creation, eager to experience final redemption knowing at present we live in a not-yet-glorified state (Rom. 8:22-23).
We Christians who attempt to follow biblical mandates on sex and marriage are not immune to expressing our own sexuality in sinful ways, for "all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory" (Rom. 3:23). We must always be mindful of this and humbly relate to others accepting that we all are fallen creatures.
Not all agree on the source of homosexual attraction, whether it arises out of social, genetic, or a combination of factors. In any case, we believe such attractions (along with every sinful desire) are a result of life in a universe broken by the effects of disobedience to God. From Cain onward, every one of us has been born into sin and in need of the forgiveness and redemption that comes from the gospel.
We must carefully distinguish between same-sex attraction, sinful lust, self-selected identification, and sexual behavior. Temptation, including sexual attractions, is not sin. It is not a sin to be tempted in the area of same gender sex. Sin is yielding to temptation in heart or deed. Jesus Himself was tempted, yet without sin (Matt. 4:1-11, Heb. 4:15). He sympathizes with our weaknesses, and He promises to provide a way of escape in every temptation (1 Cor. 10:13).
The Scriptures have much to say about sexual behavior, from the beautiful affirmations of the Song of Songs to the clear prohibitions found throughout the Bible (e.g., Rom. 13:13-14; 1 Cor. 5:1-2; 6:9-10, 15-18; Gal. 5:16-21; 1 Thess. 4:3-8). The Apostle Paul affirms that among believers “there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality” (Eph. 5:3). All homosexual behavior is specifically condemned as sin in both the Old Testament and the New Testament (Gen. 19:4-11 [cf. 2 Pet. 2:6-7; Jude 7]; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Judges 19:22-25; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:8-11). This includes both male and female homosexual activity, both the more passive and more active roles in homosexual practice, and all varieties of homosexual acts.
The Christian’s attitude towards homosexuals
In all these implications we must never compromise the biblical standard for sexuality while at the same time we must treat everyone, including those who struggle with same-sex attraction, with gentleness, compassion, and love, while pointing them to the only hope any of us have, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will be “welcoming but not affirming”.
All human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect because each of us bears the image of God. Homosexuals deserve this dignity and respect no less than any other, and we at Creekside desire to demonstrate this in our thoughts, speech, and behavior. Speech, including humor, which demeans anyone, has no place in the Christian community.
We in the Church must seek ways to reach out in love to those in our society who identify with any form of sin, including homosexuality.
Homosexuality among Christians
The church is to be a new community that resembles a family of brothers and sisters united in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit displaying deep relationships of love (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-13; Rom. 12:10; 1 Tim. 5:1-2).
We in the church must seek ways to minister to and support those among us who struggle with same-sex attractions, and help those who have family members or others close to them involved in homosexuality. We sympathize with those who struggle with same sex attractions, and with their families, but as we empathize, we encourage behavior that follows the clear divine teachings of Scripture. In view of this, celibacy and singleness are to be affirmed within the church family for those with homosexual attractions.
A believer's fundamental identification should be first as a person “in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:4-10; cf. 1 Cor. 6:9-11). The gospel is full of grace and truth. It is an offer of grace and forgiveness to sinners as well as a call to live a holy life. It empowers us in the struggle to resist sin, including the sin of homosexual practice (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Eph. 4:20-24; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; Tit. 2:11-13).