What We ValueWritten by hvillefcc on Dec 01, 2009
1. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, our Lord and Savior.
In Jesus Christ we have come to know who God is and how we are to relate to God and to one another as fellow children of God. This means:
–Jesus Christ is our Savior, having made peace between our sinful selves and God.
–Jesus Christ is the Lord of our life, as individuals and as a church, that in Christ and all Christ-like graces we find God’s will for our daily living.
–Jesus Christ, the Word of God become flesh, reveals God to us. In the life, teaching, and proclamation of Jesus, and by his death on the cross and his resurrection, we can test all matters of our life together.
–Beyond the claiming of Christ as Savior and Lord, our congregation has no test of fellowship.
Further, as Jesus promised his disciples, we believe that the Holy Spirit lives within us and guides us in our daily life.
2. The Bible is our source for knowing Christ and ordering our life as a Church.
In Christian freedom, we claim for each individual the right and responsibility to read and interpret the Christian Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, for themselves; and yet, we read scripture together, listening for and seeking in the Bible a word from god for our lives, as individuals, and for our life together as Christ’s church.
3. We come together as a church to hear God’s call, to serve God’s will, and to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Church is the body of Christ, a tool of God created by God’s will. As such:
–Within the bonds of the church, we receive each person by the grace under which we all stand, calling each to Christian discipline and service, while respecting the faith and Christian insight of each.
–Within the church we receive the gifts of each for the greater service of and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
–Within the church we celebrate the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism:
*We understand the Lord’s Supper as a gift bringing Christ’s presence to all believers. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we recognize the Christ’s table is not ours, but is open to all believers. Therefore, we practice open communion.
*From the witness of scripture, we understand baptism to be the immersion of believers; yet we know true Christians whose practice is otherwise. While some among us find the practice of infant baptism questionable, and others find it acceptable, in practice our church accepts those baptized in other traditions into fellowship and membership.
–Within the church we nurture one another in the spiritual disciplines and in the practical applications of the Gospel to life.
–For practical reasons, we order our life as a congregation democratically, remembering that our decisions are fallible, and that God’s call is to continued confession and growth.
–We recognize that the Church does not end at the boundaries of our fellowship, but extends beyond them to embrace a world-wide fellowship, to which our congregation relates through the work of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
4. We affirm the historic truism, long claimed by the Disciples movement: “In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love.”
All of the statements in this document are circumscribed by the freedom to which we are called in Christ, which first calls us to love, then to mutual accountability, and finally to humility and tolerance.