Gordon Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a congregation that acknowledges Jesus to be the Son of God, the Savior of the world. We, as disciples of Jesus, strive to follow his example and his teaching by showing God’s love to all people. We believe every person, without exception, is loved by God. Therefore, we welcome all people without regard to nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, or social status. Jesus came to call all people into the Kingdom of God.
We believe in the authority of scripture, and in the responsibility of Christians to read and study scripture together and individually. We believe that God has given us a mind to use, so we believe faith should be joined with reason.
Our worship services are traditional. The organ accompanies congregational singing. The hymns, the scripture readings, and the sermons proclaim the message of God’s Word.
Each Sunday, the climax of our worship is our sharing at the Lord’s Table. We believe that the whole gospel is remembered and proclaimed in the partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Through sharing the Bread and the Cup, we remember Jesus’ death for us, and his resurrection and living presence with us. We practice open Communion, which means you do not have to be a member of this congregation to receive the Bread and Cup. We believe Christ welcomes to his table all who love him and wish to come.
We practice believer’s baptism, by immersion, for those becoming members of our congregation through a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. We also accept into membership those who transfer from other congregations, who have already been baptized into Christ by other methods.
As a congregation, we believe that we are called together not just for worship and for ministry to each other in the church. We are called together to be strengthened for service to those outside the church. In whatever ways God has enabled us, we strive to show love and grace to others, and thereby become witnesses of God’s love and grace for all people.
As we look to the future, it is our prayer that we will be transformed into all Christ wants us to be, and that through us, His love and grace will be extended to all people we are privileged to encounter. It is our hope that you will join us in serving our Lord Jesus Christ.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for 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 of Christ Identity Statement
The following confession is the opening paragraph in the Preamble to the design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is used by many Disciples congregations in worship as an affirmation of the faith of the church throughout the ages – not as a “test of fellowship,” but as a statement of faith that identifies the Disciples’ commitment to, and place within, the universal and ecumenical church.
As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
In Christ's name and by his grace
we accept our mission of witness
and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
maker of heaven and earth,
and in God’s covenant of love
which binds us to God and to one another.
Through baptism into Christ
we enter into newness of life
and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
we are joined together in discipleship
and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
we celebrate with thanksgiving
the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
we receive the gift of ministry
and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith
we yield ourselves to God
that we may serve the One
whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
be to God forever. Amen.