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What Disciples Believe

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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.

Beliefs and practices usually associated with Disciples include:

The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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.

Open Communion. The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
For I have received of the Lord what I have also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me. In the same way He took the cup also after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread, and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes."
I Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)

Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to exercise their faith by following their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)

Baptism by immersion. Just as the baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believer, and the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ.
"Peter said to them, 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"
Acts 2:38 (NRSV)

Belief in the oneness of the church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
"There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)

The ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons, male and female, lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
"Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline."
Colossians 3:11-12 (The Message)

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