What Disciples Believe

//What Disciples Believe
What Disciples Believe 2017-05-17T17:29:14+00:00

LIKE MOST CHRISTIANS, DISCIPLES AFFIRM:

Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, and offers saving grace 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 and is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

The Oneness of the Church

All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service

Freedom of Belief

As Disciples, we are called together around two essentials of faith: a belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and that Christians are free to follow their conscience guided by Bible study, the Holy Spirit and prayer. We 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 baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.

The Ministry of Believers

Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.