What We Believe
Unlike most other churches, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) does not have an official doctrine or creed we can refer to when someone asks, “What do you believe?” From the earliest New Testament days, persons evidenced their belief in God and their acceptance of Jesus Christ through a simple confession of faith. To this day, becoming a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) requires the same confession first made by Peter when Jesus asked him “Who do you say I am?” Peter responded “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Persons who wish to join our congregation are asked only, “Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and do you accept him as your personal Lord and Savior?” Members of Hillsville Christian Church answer this question in the affirmative.
We disciples have beliefs and practices in common with all sorts of Christians. For instance, we practice baptism by immersion as do Baptists, although persons coming into our church who were baptized in another way are not expected to be rebaptized. Like Roman Catholics and Episcopalians, we have communion every Sunday. Our congregations call their own ministers rather than accepting assigned pastors; in this respect, we are like Presbyterians. Our congregations are self-governed, so we follow the practice of such churches as the United Church of Christ. In many ways the Disciples have become a “melting pot” of Christians, a Church in which persons from a wide variety of traditions can feel comfortable.