The Vision of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
is to be a nurturing family of faith
with joyful worship and compassionate outreach.
The Mission of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
is to proclaim the good news by loving
Disciples see themselves as a community of wholeness in a fragmented world.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF MELBOURNE is a congregation of
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST).
We live by these words of St. Augustine:
In essentials unity,
in non-essentials liberty,
in all things love.
Who are we?
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a body of approximately 800,000 Christian believers in some 3,700 congregations in the United States and Canada.
Our mission comes straight out of the New Testament part of the Bible. It's our mission to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, loving, witnessing and serving from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
We believe that God is calling us to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
In 1832, two American frontier religious movements came together. One, led by Barton Stone, called itself simply, "Christians." Thomas and Alexander Campbell's group was called "Disciples of Christ." One important belief back then and now is that people shouldn't be forced to put faith in creeds but only in Jesus Christ. Another strong belief is that God wants churches to be in unity instead of in pieces.
"I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father , the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age."
-Jesus ---Matthew 28:18 ff
We minister to the community through local services such as Habitat for Humanity, Sharing Center, Daily Bread, Souper Bowl, a partnership with Haiti and others. As the Christian Church, we have missions, schools, colleges, hospitals and care centers around the world.
As believers in Jesus Christ
we continue to grow by learning
and living the truth of God's word.
Being embraced by the Holy Spirit,
we go forth in Freedom, Unity and Love,
bringing people to faith in Jesus Christ,
baptizing them and showing people
of all ages the Glory of God.
What do Disciples Believe?
- We are a diverse group of people who accept and follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Because each of us may be at different mileposts in our journey of Christian faith, we respect each other's beliefs and experiences. We are expected to grow in our faith through regular worship, study, prayer, and service.
- Teaching God's love and values to our children is fundamental.
- Practical, Bible-based teaching and preaching are related to our lives. God as revealed in the Bible is our authority.
- The Good News of Jesus Christ calls us into the community of the church. Weekly we worship and celebrate the Lord's Supper, and we baptize by immersion. With liberating faith, we strive to provide friendship, acceptance, and spiritual guidance through fellowships and Bible education.
DID YOU EVER WONDER WHAT THESE LETTERS STAND FOR?
Many of us are used to and know when we see CYF/CWF/FCCM/DOC/BMF……..etc.,
etc., etc., means. But, there are probably a lot of folk in our
congregation, newcomers and visitors who have no clue what these and other abbreviations we constantly use
really mean. Let us share with everyone what groups they are and who they are
FCCM - First Christian Church Melbourne (our
DOC - Disciples of Christ (our denomination)
CYF - Christian Youth Fellowship - 9th-12th
Chi Rho - 6th-8th grade (in the works)
CWF - Christian Women’s Fellowship - for all
women of the church
CMF - Christian Men's Fellowship - for all men of the church
VBS - Vacation Bible School - Mid summer
We hope we have enlightened you and we are sure
there are others - if you can think of one, let us know and we’ll add it to our list - contact: firstname.lastname@example.org