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What theologians / doctrines / creeds does the Disciples teach?

The short answer is, it varies. The Disciples of Christ universally uphold the basics of the Christian faith. Beyond that, we encourage study and discussion of various thinkers and theologians. So long as we agree on who Jesus is, we can have differing opinions on the other things of our faith. Historically, the Disciples come from the Presbyterian church. We tend to read the Bible with an emphasis on knowing God rather than discerning each letter. Finally, since our denominational restructure in the 1960’s, we’ve had an increased focus in liberation theology.

What translation of the Bible should I read?

The one you’ll read! Find a translation you like. Here at the church, we usually read from the NRSV. Other popular translations are the ESV, the NIV, and the CEB. Some have found “the Message” to be helpful as a paraphrased version, getting at the meaning without the wordiness. Others enjoy “the Mirror” for emphasis on spirituality.

Where do I start with the Bible?

Some follow reading plans like the “Bible in One Year.” Others enjoy following the Revised Common Lectionary, a three year cycle of readings that cover the majority of the Bible. Still others will read the scriptures from our worship service and dive deeper. However, if you are just starting to read the Bible more seriously, I would suggest taking it slow and making sure you spend time prayerfully considering what you read.

Here are four good ways to start reading scripture:

  • Five Psalms a day for a month. There are 150 psalms (prayers of the Bible). Take five each day (1-5 on the 1st, 6-10 on the 2nd, etc.) and pray along with them.
  • Read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). This is the longest section of Jesus’ teachings without interruption. If your Bible has red letters, these are all red letters. Many of the biggest ideas of the Christian faith can be found here.
  • Read 1 John. 1 John is an excellent but short letter of the Bible. It is great for getting your feet wet and understanding bigger doctrinal thoughts within the Bible.
  • Read Romans. The Apostle Paul wrote the Letter to the Romans as his magnum opus, outlining the whole scope of the Christian faith. This is a challenging book. But, it is exceedingly worthwhile.

Contact the pastor, Nick, for any other questions.