For our Church Leaders:
For Those Interested in our Facilities:
For those interested in Growing in their Faith:
- A Helpful Guide to the Bible
- A Handout on Cultivating a Life of Prayer
- A Handout on Financial Planning
- BibleProject – a great collection of hand drawn Youtube videos going over books of the Bible
- Theopedia – think wikipedia but for the Bible
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library – A big collection of classic Christian books. I highly recommend the Imitation of Christ.
- D365 – daily devotionals.
Is there a Dress Code?
No. In any of our services, there is no dress code. Some wear suits, some wear jeans. All are welcome as they are.
Is there childcare available?
Yes. We have a nursery, playground, children’s Sunday school, and a youth group. Children and youth of all ages are welcome to join us in worship and to take part in Sunday schools and activities designed for their age group.
Will I be expected to tithe, get baptized, come every week, sign a profession of faith, or anything else like that?
No. We encourage folks to come as often as they can, to give financially if they are in a position to do so, and to be baptized if they wish to profess their faith in front of a church for the first time. But, these are all things that are best done in their own time and as you feel ready for them. As for professions of faith, the only question we ask prior to membership is, “Do you believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and do your profess Him as Lord and Savior?”
What theologians / doctrines / creeds do 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 (helping the marginalized and hurting among us).
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” and “the Good News Translation” 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.