Affirmation of Faith

As members of the Christian Church, We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.In Christ's name and by his grace we accept our mission of witness and service to all people.We rejoice in God, maker of heaven and earth, and in God’s covenant of love which binds us to God and to one another.Through baptism into Christ we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of God.In the communion of the Holy Spirit we are joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ.At the Table of the Lord we celebrate with thanksgiving the saving acts and presence of Christ.Within the universal church we receive the gift of ministry and the light of scripture.In the bonds of Christian faith we yield ourselves to God that we may serve the One whose kingdom has no end.Blessing, glory, and honor be to God forever. Amen

 

Preamble to The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

 

Our Identity

Often we Disciples tend to describe ourselves in the negative, by what we are not: we’re not hierarchical, like the Catholics; we don’t baptize infants, like the Methodists; we don’t require acceptance of any formal creed for membership in the church, like the Presbyterians.

 

Our Identity Statement

  • We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.

 

What does that mean?

  • We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That’s why we use a chalice as our logo.

 

  • We practice believer baptism – that a person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God – the idea of the “priesthood of all believers.”

 

  • We honor our heritage as a movement for Christian unity by cooperating and partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness – healing and justice – in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.” One example is our cooperative work with the United Church of Christ in Global Ministries for the past 25 years and our newer effort to share staff in the area of family ministries.

 

  • We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written.

 

  • We also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying, “unity, not uniformity.”

 

  • We move to answer God’s call for justice particularly in the areas of care for the earth, the challenges for women and children, poverty and hunger and immigration. We seek to do this work in cooperation with other people of faith. Some say we “get dirty for Jesus” as a way of conveying the hands-on mission orientation of many of our faith communities.

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