InterVarsity in Utah & Southern Idaho | About InterVarsity Christian Fellowship - Northern Utah & Southern Idaho
InterVarsity was established in Utah in the 1960’s and had staff and students on several campuses into the early 1980’s. IVCF pulled out of Utah in 1985 for unknown reasons. In 1995, Cynthia Boline and her family moved from Fresno, CA to Boise, Idaho. They left behind family and a strong ministry at Fresno State, but quickly started an IV chapter at Boise State. That chapter has been ministering to students at BSU since 1995. Then, in 2003, God called 2 young IV staff workers to move to Salt Lake City to start a chapter at the University of Utah. Dave & Keri Brown, from Boise, and Seth and Jill Neal from Montana,
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Our Movement

Our Vision

Is To See:

 

Students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, & world changers developed.

 

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Our Purpose

In response to God’s love, grace, and truth:

 

The Purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture and God’s purposes in the world.

Our Core Values

We Value:
  • Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Community
  • Discipleship
  • Evangelism
  • Church
  • Missions

 

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Our Doctrinal Basis

We believe in:

 

The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things,existing eternally in three persons– Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–full of love and glory.

 

The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.

 

The value and dignity of all people: created in God’s image to live in love and holiness, but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt,
and justly subject to God’s wrath.

 

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, who lived as a perfect example,
who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place, and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.

 

Justification by God’s grace to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

 

The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit,
who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.

 

The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ, manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches making disciples throughout the world.

 

The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.

 

To God be glory forever.

The 4 Circles

There have been many attempts through the ages to articulate what Christians believe and why we do what we do. Although we subscribe to these basic statements and doctrines (See InterVarsity’s Doctrinal Basis), we as a movement are particularly compelled by what we call “The Big Story.”

Everything Was Created Good

 

For us, it all begins at the beginning. We believe that from the very beginning God created everything good and whole. We believe that God’s initial intent for people was that we would be in harmony with creation, with each other, and with God himself. Everything just worked! And this is what God wanted from the start and is what He still wants for us today.

We Rebel Against God

 

It was simple. If we lived life the way God wanted us to, all would remain good and harmony would be maintained. However, we chose to do it our way, and everything was thrown out of balance. We began to brutalize the resources on the earth, fight with and subjugate one another, and ultimately cut off our relationship with God. We continue to reject God’s way to this day, which explains many of the pains and problems of the world.

God Intervenes

 

However, God loved his creation too much to let it stay this way. Because of his great love, God came down to earth in the form of a man, Jesus Christ, and died on a cross so that our relationship with creation, each other, and God could be restored. His death on a cross gave anyone who wanted it a chance to step into a new kind of living where we take care of creation, love one another, and speak face to face with the living God.

We Are Sent to Heal

 

But the story doesn’t end with us! Because there ¡s still so much more work to be done, Jesus actually sends us out in community to be healing agents to the world. Just like Jesus invites us into a new kind of living, he sends us out with His authority to invite others into this kind of living! This is an invitation into an exciting adventure in partnering with God, and it’s this invitation that ultimately drives everything we do on campus.

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