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Detroit Bethany Christian Church
5901 Cadieux Rd.
Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 885-0909

Bethany Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a multi-cultural and diverse congregation, has been located on the east side...
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Becoming Disciples

How Do You Become Part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)*

From the earliest New Testament days, people evidenced their belief in God and their acceptance of Jesus Christ through a simple confession of faith. It was an act of commitment to faith, fellowship, witness and service. The essence of that ancient act has remained unchanged through twenty centuries. Becoming a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) today is not unlike the New Testament experience. One is required to make a public profession of faith, be baptized, and accept the responsibility and the joy of commitment.

The Confession of Faith

Jesus asked of the apostle Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” and Simon Peter responded, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This profound confession became the model by which all generations of Christians have expressed their faith. Like generation upon generation before, you stand along in front of the fellowship of Disciples and listen to the ageless invitation of the pastor, “Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and do you accept him as Lord of your life?” With peace, firmness, and commitment, you respond, “I do?” With that profession, your Christian life begins. You have agreed in this act to receive the active influence of Christ in your life. You have resolved to trust in the will of Christ. Your loyalty is pledged, and henceforward Christ reigns supreme in your mind and soul.

What You May Expect from the Church

You now belong to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and to the whole people of God united in a common faith. What expectations do you have of this fellowship? The church is a company of believers. You will receive, in their presence, the grace of God through baptism. It is the place where you will receive renewal of your faith through the breaking of bread and through worship. The kindred fold of your congregation will provide a caring community that will sustain you and help you hold fast of your course. The church will be present to sanctify the critical events of your family life. It will serve as the vehicle through which you can channel your witness and service to Christ. Finally, the church will continue to educate the life of your faith through study. You therefore can expect much, and will receive much, from your church.

What the Church May Expect from You

Disciples cherish their heritage of resistance to creeds. Because of that heritage, only one thing is demanded of all who belong, and that is to profess Jesus Christ as Lord. There are no other absolute demands. The confession of faith is a liberating act, freeing you from the weight of false values. Your new freedom contains a different set of values, which are accompanied by expectations, ways in which you manifest your faith through the church. You cannot measure your relationship to the church in exclusively local terms. This relationship must be viewed first in the broad sense of mission through witness and service. It is expected most of all that you will minister to people wherever you find them in need, that you will love your neighbor. Through the commitment of your confession of faith, you are expected to conduct your life with a sense of moral responsibility, participate in the organic life of the church, share and privately, be a responsible steward of all your resources, and understand the wholeness and universal character of the church. As a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) you will receive rich opportunities to witness to and serve Jesus Christ. Respond in faithfulness.

Disciples Affirmations

We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the World. The church manifests itself in ordered communities of disciples bound together for worship, for fellowship and for service, and in varied structures for mission, witness and mutual discipline, and for the nurture and renewal of its members.

* Source: Christian Church in Florida www.floridadisciples.org