Christ ( Similar in belief to the Church of Christ) based on an Amercian
It is no
task to summarize
what members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) believe. In
his book We Call Ourselves Disciples, General Minister and President
Dr. Kenneth Teegarden explains:
use of creeds to exclude persons from the church. It was (the) use of
as 'tests of fellowship' that the Disciples' founding fathers fingered
as the major cause of division among Christians...(So) unlike most
churches, we Disciples do not have an official doctrinal statement we
refer to when someone asks, 'What does the Christian Church believe?'"
Evangelist,a forerunner of our present journal The Disciple, carried a
maxim in its masthead: 'In essentials, unity: in nonessentials,
in all things, charity.' It expresses the cherished conviction that
should be allowed in the nonessential areas into which most creedal
Disciples claims "No Creed but Christ." That conviction is
out in the manner in which persons come to be a part of the Christian
(Disciples of Christ). Dr. Teegarden goes on to say:
of Disciples to confess faith in Jesus Christ and become part of the
a person is asked only one question. It is usually phrased, 'Do you
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and do you accept
him as your personal Savior?' The person who responds, 'I do,' might
recently completed a church membership course. If so, the instruction
not have been to transmit a system of doctrines. In fact, a person who
is comfortable with a dogmatic approach would be disappointed in the
and practices in common with all sorts of Christians. These apparent
sometimes are superficial, sometimes fundamental. We baptize by
so we look like Baptists. We have Communion every Sunday, so we look a
bit like Roman Catholics. We stress the ministry of the laity, so we
a little like Quakers. Our congregations call their pastors rather than
accepting assigned ministers, so in that respect we look like
We rely heavily on preaching and teaching, so we look somewhat like
We have congregational government, so we look a lot like the United
human-made creed, the preamble to a document called The Design for the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) poetically and prayerfully
our shared affirmations in this way:
Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
and by his
grace we accept our mission of witness and service to all people.
We rejoice in
of heaven and earth, and in the covenant of love which binds us to God
and to one another.
we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of
Spirit we are joined together in discipleship and in obedience to
At the table
we celebrate with thanksgiving the saving acts and presence of Christ.
we receive the gift of ministry and the light of scripture.
In the bonds
faith we yield ourselves to God that we may serve the One whose kingdom
has no end.
be to God forever. Amen."