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BELIEFS AND PRACTICES

First Christian is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disiciples of Christ). What do Disciples believe?

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. It is open to all believers.
  • Diversity of opinion. Each person is free to determine individual belief guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer.
  • Baptism by immersion. In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God is made possible. Although Disiciples generally practice baptism by immersion, they honor other baptism traditions as well.
  • Importance of church unity. All Christians should cooperate in ministry wherever possible, affirming each other as sisters and brothers in Christ.
  • The ministry of all believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead worship, direct service opportunities and nurture spiritual growth.
  • Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
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