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, Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
  • Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential, belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. A Disciple is free to follow his conscience guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and prayer. He is expected to extend that freedom to others.
  • Baptism by immersion. In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
  • 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.
  • The ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.