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Our Beliefs

We believe that ALL Christians are on a journey of faith. We are united by our belief that God has come to us in a special way in Jesus Christ. Other than this, we hold to no other formal set of doctrinal statements.

We honor each person’s spiritual quest and encourage all people to seriously seek out God in all things.

We respect traditions of the Christian faith and strive for Christian unity between all believers. As a sign of Christian unity, we share the Common Meal each week as part of our worship.

Our Beliefs About

Communion

The Lord’s Supper or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship.  It is open to all who are followers of Jesus Christ.  The practice of Holy Communion has become the central element of worship within the Disciples tradition.

Disciples’ observance of the Lord’s Supper echoes the Passover feast, when Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the living Christ is met and received in the sharing of the bread and the cup, representative of the body and blood of Jesus.  The presence of the living Lord is affirmed and He is proclaimed to be the dominant power in our lives.

Baptism

Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”   (Acts 2:38)

Just as the baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believer, and the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ.  Those who founded the Disciples movement taught baptism by immersion as the accepted form.

From “Word to the Church on Baptism,” Commission on Theology, 1987 :  Baptism is a public act by which the church proclaims God’s grace, as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, through the use of a visible sign of God’s gracious initiative and the human individual’s response in faith.  With other Christians we affirm that baptism is at once a divine gift and a human response.

The meaning of baptism is grounded in God’s redemptive action in Christ, it incorporates the believer in the community of the body of Christ, and it anticipates life in the coming age, when the powers of the old world will be overcome, and the purposes of God will triumph.

 

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