WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are Disciples of Christ, a movement of wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s table, as God has welcomed us.”– Disciples Identity Statement. There are two sayings by early pioneers of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “We have no doctrine, but the Bible. No creed but Christ.” “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty, in all things, charity."
There are things we believe are essential - where we need to be united in thought and purpose. In the essentials we have unity. Ephesians 4: 4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit, there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.” But there are a lot of things in the Christian life that are not essentials. They’re open to interpretation as you study and pray, and ask God to show you His will. There are some things you’re going to differ from other people on. We consider these to be non-essentials and in those we can have diversity.
However, in all our beliefs, in all things we have love, we have charity. I Corinthians 13-2 “If I hold in my mind, not only all human knowledge, but also the very secrets of God and if I have the faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”