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
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.
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.
Humans were created by God in God's image. 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.
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
The Bible is the inspired word of God and is the
primary authority for our faith and practices. "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.
We recognize the Holy Ordinances of Baptism and
Communion/Eucharist/Lord’s Last Supper. 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.
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.
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)