First Christian Church in Manhattan, Kansas
Who are the Disciples of Christ?
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) emerged as the consequence of an early 19th century religious movement on the American frontier. It sought to promote Christian unity among churches which were torn and divided by controversies over creeds, disciplines, ecclesiastical power and organization, and by the sectarian spirit of the times.
As "People of the Book," we Disciples accept the authority of the Scripture as divinely inspired and normative for matters of faith and practice in the church.
Disciples of Christ believe we have "no creed but Christ." The only confession of belief which is required of those who desire membership is an affirmative answer to the question, "Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and do you accept Him as Savior and Lord of your life?"
Upon one's confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, a believer is baptized by immersion. Disciples of Christ believe that baptism is an outward sign of an inward commitment to bury the "old life" and enter into a new life in Christ.
We believe the Lord's Supper (communion) is at the heart of our worship and therefore celebrated each Sunday. Not only do we remember the life and death of Christ through sharing of the bread and cup, but we also give thanks for His living presence with us. Communion is open to all believers regardless of membership or church affiliation.
Affirming the "priesthood of all believers," we believe that all are called to minister. The Holy Spirit bestows gifts upon God's people in order to equip the body of Christ, the Church, for ministry and witness.
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