Having accepted Christ as our Savior, we strive to make him Lord of every word and deed. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a movement for bringing his loving wholeness to a fragmented world.
As our name implies, we stand in continuity with those who first followed Jesus as his disciples. Like Peter, we accept Him as our Lord, saying "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Sadly, we are also like Peter in that we don't always live up to our confession. That's why we are as grateful as Peter was to receive, proclaim, and attempt to embody the love and forgiveness of our risen Savior.
Our history also includes the birth of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On the American frontier, early in the 1800's some Baptists, Presbyterians, and others came to realize that inter-denominational competition was diluting their witness. They cut denominational ties and emphasized the unity of all who accept Christ as Lord. They'd undoubtedly be surprised to learn their descendants are now seen as yet another denomination, but we still believe in -- and work for -- Christian unity.
As for our particular congregation, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was first founded in Valparaiso back in 1837. (As you might imagine, we’ve moved a couple of times and built several different sanctuaries since then.) Among our claims to fame: we started the first hospital, the first day care center, and the first food pantry in this community. Our people have always had a heart for social action and the parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25 is a congregational favorite: “As you have done it for the least of these, you have done it for me.”
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