Beliefs & Values
What are the core values of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)?
Belief in the Lordship of Jesus Christ
Our sole condition is that a member of this congregation confess this and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Beyond this one essential conviction, beliefs will differ, and we accept one another without insisting that all agree (Matthew 16:15-17; John 20:31).
The gift of baptism
We regard baptism as an important command of Christ. Being baptised is a faithful act of obedience to Christ and the sacrament of incorporation into the Body of Christ (Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 3:21).
The gift of Holy Communion
We have a Lord’s day celebration of Holy Communion as instituted by Jesus Christ and observed by the New Testament Church. Holy Communion is seen as a sacrament of grace and all baptised believers are welcome to share in this meal of Christ’s Body and Blood (Mark 14:22-25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-36; Acts 2:42,46).
The gift of Scripture
As Disciples we believe in the importance of scripture. We take a biblical approach to life and issues in which the Bible is taken very seriously, but not bound by literalism. The word of God is looked upon as a trustworthy and reliable guide for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1;19; 1 John 1:1-4).
The love of unity
We are called to be uniters, not dividers of all God’s created order. We eagerly cooperate with other churches and work toward our common concerns (John 17:20; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13).