The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Winchester, Kentucky is united under the central confession that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God” and our membership is comprised of those who have accepted him as their personal Savior and Lord. Allowing these beliefs to shape us and guide our every thought and action is our continuing quest.
We respect and value other religious faiths.
We practice “believer’s baptism” by immersion but respect and accept all forms of Christian baptism. Baptism reminds us that God’s grace demands a response of faith and discipleship.
We also believe that the Bible is our primary source of authority and our primary guide for faith and its practice in our lives. We believe that individuals have both the freedom and responsibility to study God’s Word within the community of the church.
We believe that God is the Creator, the One who made possible our salvation in Christ, and that God is our Sustainer.
We believe in the ecumenical nature of the church and are convinced that no one church or denomination has a “corner on the truth.” We believe in the essential unity of the church stressing that a common belief in and commitment to Christ is the source of our unity. We regularly seek opportunities to cooperate with Christians of various denominations for worship and ministry purposes.
We believe that The Lord’s Supper (Communion) is a central, visible symbol of God’s saving action in Christ as well as conveying the gracious, forgiving presence of Christ in a special way. We observe it each Sunday morning as well as on other occasions and invite all Christians to join us in its observance as we gather.
We believe that all Christians, laity as well as clergy, are called to use their God-given gifts for the sake of sharing the gospel and strengthening one another.
We affirm the need for involvement in God’s reconciling mission with the world, working with partners to heal the brokenness of creation and to bring justice and peace to the entire human family.
We practice local church autonomy while at the same time relating to the general, regional, and local district expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).