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Like most Christians, Disciples affirm:
Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God and offers saving grace to all.
All people are God's children
Beliefs and practices
Beliefs and practices usually associated with Disciples include:
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ. Disciples congregations meet weekly to worship God and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
Freedom of belief
Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others. We hold the centrality of scripture, recognizing that each person has the freedom -- and the responsibility -- to study God's Word within the community of the Church.
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. Disciples overseas ministries stretch around the world. With partner churches we tell the Good News, help dig wells, train pastors, immunize children and much more. We also help persons in times of natural disaster, economic upheaval and war.
The ministry of all believers
Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth. In Disciples congregations, study and fellowship groups offer opportunities to ask honest questions, share opinions and discover ways to deal with life’s difficult issues and to grow in faith.
The chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism.