More About Our Faith
We are definitely unlike many other churches, because we are a federated church. Our congregation consists of members from two different, but closely related, denominations.
- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Presbyterian Church (USA)
More information about what it means to be a federated church can be found in our frequently asked questions page.
The Early founders of the Disciples viewed Creeds as a "test of faith." They also hated to use a creed to explain the Bible when the Bible speaks for itself. However, in 1968 when the Disciples finally admitted to being a Denomination, they included an Affirmation of Faith which is in fact a creed. So during our worship service we share in an Affirmation of Faith together. These affirmations are simply a restatement of Biblical truths which both sides have no problem affirming.
Priesthood of All Believers
We join other main line churches in believing in the "priesthood of all believers." That any believer can read and interpret scripture for themselves. And, we serve as priests to one another as we study together and minister to one another.
We try to follow the clear teachings of God's Word. We do not worship the Bible, but because God's nature and will are revealed in scripture, we claim the Bible as our guide for Christian living and faith. The Bible reveals God's purpose in the world: to free us from sin through Christ so we might be obedient to Him. It also speaks of love and acceptance of others.
Because we are a federated church we practice both believers baptism by immersion as found in Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:1-5. At the same time we recognize and practice the Presbyterian practice of infant baptism followed by confirmation classes for youth. Because there are different understandings and different methods, we do not require that anyone be "re-baptized" in order to become a member. In the baptism of a believer, and in confirmation, the believer bears witness to their intention of following Christ and walking in the newness of life.
Our church practices open communion. We offer both grape juice and wine. The outer ring only is wine, the rest is grape juice. Believers are asked to "examine yourselves, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup" according to 1 Corinthians 11:28. The Lord's Supper is served every Sunday as was the custom in New Testament times. "On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread ..." found in Acts 20:7.
More information about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination can be found at disciples.org and more information about the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination can be found at pcusa.org