If I were asked the question, “What makes the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) an attractive church home?” I would respond with why I chose this denomination as my church home. Simply put: relationships and purpose!
This denomination nurtures both relationships and purpose in the following tenets of faith:
Jesus is in fact the Christ, the Son of the Living God – part of the Triune Godhead.
Jesus came to earth fully God and fully man to make a way for us to have forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God in heaven.
Jesus helps us in our relationship with God the Father and sent the God the Holy Spirit to help and empower us to continue in the work of Christ in His physical absence.
Together, we encourage each other to explore, learn, and grow in a personal relationship with God and others. There is no dogma or specific theology enforced. Disciples form a community which fosters and demonstrates servitude, honor, inquiry, and curiosity. Ideas and beliefs are respectfully challenged through critical analysis. Disciples share unconditional love and acceptance with everyone to the end of participating in the mission of Christ: spreading the Good News of salvation, redemption, and transformation to all people groups.
I appreciate the ecumenical spirit of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Disciples have a rich history of leading efforts to bring Christians together in worship, beliefs, and action. We do this by finding ways to work alongside different communities through interdenominational relationships and endeavors.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shares my understanding of the purpose of the Corporate Church. I believe the Church is to proclaim the Gospel Message in Word and deed by sharing redemption, transformation, and reconciliation made available through Christ, so that those who do not know Him may come to know Him. The Church perpetuates wholeness and wellness in a broken world. We work and serve humankind together in fighting disease, ignorance, poverty, racism, war, and oppression.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) allows non-judgmental space for me to accomplish my purpose: to lead others to freedom through Christ so they might go and make disciples. Simply put: The Disciples love me as I am.
You all have honored and respected my point of view and my personhood. You have nurtured, challenged, and assisted my journey in Truth, which enables me to do the Kingdom work to which I am called.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Central Christian Church are a community within which I can serve alongside others to do Christ’s Mission.
Your confidence in me helped pave the way for ordination in this denomination. I am ever grateful for that, and I look forward to our continued ministry service! I chose this denomination. Perhaps this denomination also chose me?
May the Peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you today and always!