What Do We Believe?
In the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):
We affirm that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God and we confess him as Lord and Savior.
We affirm Baptism by Immersion. In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. As Paul reminds us in Romans 6:3-4:
“For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, we were baptized into union with his death. By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death in order that just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life.”
We affirm open Communion. The Lord’s Supper or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
We affirm the oneness of the church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
We affirm the ministry of all believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, in service and in spiritual growth.
We affirm freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around the belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Believers are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and through study and prayer and strive to extend this freedom of belief to others.
For more information about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) visit the website of our General Office at www.disciples.org.