What do we believe? What’s important to us?
The Bible makes a pretty clear statement on what’s important. Galatians 5:13-14 reads:
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence:
Love others as you love yourself.
What does First Christian Church believe? We think that people, all people, matter. It is our responsibility as Christians to love everyone. And we demonstrate love in many ways, including:
1. Open Communion. The Lords Supper, also known as Communion or the Eucharist, is celebrated weekly in worship, and is offered to all people who desire to participate.
2. Believer’s baptism by immersion. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored among those who wish to become members by transfer. We joyfully celebrate “Parent-Child Dedications” for infants and young children. We also welcome our unbaptized friends to participate in all facets of our community.
3. 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 study and prayer, and are expected to extend their freedom to others.
4. Belief in the oneness and unity of the church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
5. The ministry of believers. Both ordained clergy and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth. There are no systems of hierarchy that preclude those who wish to lead and serve from doing so.
6. No creed but Christ. We are a non-creedal church who together only confess to follow Jesus Christ.