WHAT WE BELIEVE

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JESUS-CENTERED

We believe Jesus shows us what God is like. When Jesus’s disciples asked him to show them, God, he said that “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus reveals to us a new way of being in the world and asks us to follow him and his way of love. We believe Jesus commands our priorities to seek justice for everyone. Jesus is the center of our community.

 

KINGDOM-ORIENTED

"Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?" Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."- Matthew 22: 37-40

We believe Jesus orients his work, purpose, and his very person in what he calls “The Kingdom of God”. He came to bring and grow the Kingdom of God through these two commandments. He calls us to 'be the hands and feet' by standing up for the oppressed, feeding the hungry, and clothing the poor. We grow the Kingdom by spreading his love through attitude and action. Lastly, just as the Kingdom is welcoming, affirming, and inclusive of all people, we too, as a church, strive to be. We are open, affirming, and celebratory of all races, genders, and sexualities. Our pastor is in fact, part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

INTELLECTUAL HONESTY

We believe whatever God found worth creating, we should find worth studying. We believe there is no conflict between faith and science. We expect to learn from everyone because all truth is God’s truth. Doubts, questions, and new ideas are encouraged.

 

WHO ARE WE?

Our denomination, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), first developed around 200 years ago on the American frontier. Our practices and teachings have been historically shaped by those roots. At First Christian Church we strive to be true to the description of our denomination by an early church leader:

“In faith, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love.”

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.