We believe that everyone is blessed in some way to be a blessing to others and that we should use our blessings (God given spiritual gifts) to bless others. There are many different kinds of gifts, all given by God, and we strive to find and utilize our gifts to bless others.
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WHAT DO WE BELIEVE

Jesus Christ is our Lord and

Savior.

Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Through Christ's example we are led. Through Christ's sacrifice we are forgiven. Through Christ's resurrection we are hopeful. At MCC, our beliefs and values are Christian, based on the overall beliefs of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Biblical reference, and the inspired example Jesus gave to us. In summary, we believe that…

Merriam Christian Church is

a place where hurting,

searching, needy, less-than-

perfect (MUCH less-than-

perfect) people can come

and encounter the God who

loves them, accepts them,

and completes them on

their spiritual journey.

We believe that it is only God that can truly forgive us for all of our missteps, miscues, and mistakes. It is only God that can truly sooth our pain, comfort our sorrow, and heal our hurt. It is only God that can complete us, make us whole, and fill in our empty spaces.

God is the Father, Son, and Holy

Spirit as one Trinity.

God loves us and desires to be with us in communion. God created us and gave us a path to forgiveness and communion through his Son, Jesus. God inspires and guides us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God blessed us with free will and as such, we can chose to have a relationship with God or not. Either way, God still loves each of us as one of God's unique creations. God is always there with us, and we move toward completeness as a person when we are in connection with God.

Humans were created by God

in God's image.

We believe that everyone is blessed in some way to be a blessing to others and that we should use our blessings (God given spiritual gifts) to bless others. There are many different kinds of gifts, all given by God, and we strive to find and utilize our gifts to bless others.

+ everyone is blessed in some way to be a

blessing to others +

The Church is the body of Christ

and its primary mission is to

make disciples of Jesus Christ

(Matthew 28:19-20).

As the Body of Christ, we seek to follow in Jesus' example of caring for the poor, the hurting, the blind, the seeking, the children, and those who find themselves on the outside of society looking in (Matthew 25:31- 41) and through these actions of faith we believe people in our community and our world will come to know Jesus.
"Where the scriptures speak we speak and where the scriptures are silent we are silent" was a founding principal of our denomination. We view the Bible as a source for answers and/or a compass for direction. It is a book of faith that guides us in areas of faith in our everyday lives. When we are lost, when we are unsure, when we are seeking, we turn to scriptures for guidance and direction. We turn to scriptures to hear God speaking to us today.

The Bible is the inspired word

of God and is the primary au-

thority for our faith and

practices.

We practice communion every time we gather for worship. At the communion table we find acceptance and transformation. As we are certain that the world could be changed through acceptance and transformation, we practice open communion, where every person is invited through God's invitation and welcomed openly to receive God's grace.
In baptism, we practice "believer's baptism" where a person must be able to ask to be baptized. We believe that baptism is a public display of a person's decision to be closer to God in their life, modeled after Christ's baptism in the river Jordan. (Matthew 3:13-17)
We believe in the transformative powers of the Holy Spirit, and strive to be in relationship with God, so that we may bear fruit in this life and the life to come, by serving the world with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control.” (Galatians 5:22,23)

Grow.

Serve.

Connect.

+ it is only god that can complete us +

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