What We Believe

What We Believe

I pray for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.

John 17:20-21

Historic Church… Friendly People

We strive to share the Good News of Jesus Christ: witnessing, loving, and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)  Our Mission is simple: To remain faithful to the task of being a Christian movement in  a fragmented world.

One of the first things people recognize when they walk through our doors is the welcoming spirit from everyone who calls First Christian their home.  

We differ in race, age, cultural background, ability, physical condition, family structure, spiritual journey and life circumstances.  Aided by this God-given gift of diversity, we strive to reflect God’s unconditional love for all Creation.

We also know that the church has at times rejected difference and denied God’s promises for itself and others. So, we say without reservation:

Welcome, ALL who seek God’s life-giving grace. Come as you are, that together we might become a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

What We Believe

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that Jesus is personal savior for each one of us.

We believe that all human beings have access to God through prayer, worship, service, and study.

We believe in having a personal relationship with God.

To learn more, see Our Confession

Disciples Practices

An Open Table…
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is celebrated weekly as the central act of worship. The Table is open to all who are followers of Jesus Christ.

Freedom of Belief…
Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer; and they 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 most commonly practice baptism by immersion, other baptism practices are honored.

The Given Unity of the Church…
By God’s grace and love made known in Jesus Christ, all are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.

The Priesthood of All Believers…
Both professional ministers and lay persons share in the leadership of the church in the up-building of its life in worship, service, and spiritual growth.

A Passion for Justice…
Disciples affirm our need to be a pro-reconciliation/anti-racist church as we work with ecumenical and global partners to heal the brokenness of the body of Christ and the human community.

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38

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