What Do The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) believe?
Like most Christians, Disciples affirm:
Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, and offers saving grace and steadfast love to all.
All persons are God’s children.
Beliefs and practices usually associated with Disciples include:
Open Communion. The Lord's Supper or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It's open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
Baptism by immersion. In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
Belief in the Oneness of the Church. All Christians are called to be One in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
The ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
"We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us."
Disciples of Christ Identity Statement
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth."
To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8)
As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world. (Preamble to The Design)