Our Basic Beliefs
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) had its beginnings in the early nineteenth century on the
American frontier. Presbyterian ministers Bartin Stone, Thomas Campbell, and son, Alexander
Campbell, troubled by the many divisions among Christians, decided to work toward unity under
the principles and practices of the New Testament Church, The Campbell/Stone movement
emphasized freedom and diversity. Rejecting creeds as test for membership, they instead required
only that persons make a public confession that "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God"
accept Him as "our Lord and Savior." This is still the practice of the church today.
Following the New Testament practice, Disciples celebrate Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper)
each week for spiritual renewal and in remembrance of the sacrificial love of Christ. Although we
practice baptism of believers by immersion, we acknowledge and accept God's gracious gift of
baptism in whatever mode and do not require "re baptism".
In keeping with our emphasis on freedom and personal theological integrity, we do not vote to
accept or reject applicants for membership, nor do we bar any Christian from participation in Holy
Communion. One of the more distinctive qualities of our fellowship is the role of women play in
the leadership of our church. Both men and women are invited and encouraged to hold every office
of the church, including Minister, Elder, and Deacon. We encourage a spirit of openness and
inclusivity, the evidence of which can be seen in the lively discussions in Sunday School classes and
diversity of opinions in our membership. At Mammoth Spring First Christian, everyone is free to
explore his or her own relationship with God and express personal faith in an atmosphere of love
(Who We Are)
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Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Mammoth Spring First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shall be revealed
in the New Testament -- to win people to faith in Jesus Christ and commit them actively to the
Church, to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ that increasingly they may know
and do His will, and to work for the unity of all Christians and with them engage in the common
task of building the Kingdom of God.
Mammoth Spring First Christian Church is an autonomous, independent church. We call our own
ministers, own our own land and facilities, and organize our own programs, and all decisions
regarding the church's mission are made through the local Church Board made up of elected
representatives from within our congregation. We voluntarily contribute to and cooperate with the
ministries of a regional and general church whose primary mission is to support the local
congregation and provide opportunities for us to engage in worldwide ministries more efficiently.
Our regional church, known as The Great River Region, has its offices in Little Rock, AR.. Our
general church known as The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and
Canada, has its office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Together, we support 18 colleges and universities,
4 seminaries, retirement homes, children's homes, mission partners, and a variety of other vital
The chalice bearing the X-shaped Cross of St. Andrew, which has come to be the symbol of our
church, was developed in 1969. The chalice symbolizes the centrality of the Lord's Supper as well
as the cup of Christian self-giving for the world. The St. Andrew Cross, national cross of
Scotland, focuses attention on the Scottish Presbyterian roots of our church. For centuries, St.
Andrew has been identified with the laity and evangelism, prominent emphases of the Disciples
over the years.
What Do We Believe ?
We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and proclaim Him Lord and Savior
of the world. In Christ's name and by His grace we accept our mission of witness and service to
all people. We rejoice in God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and in the covenant of love which
binds us to God and one another. Through baptism into Christ we enter into the newness of life
and are made one with the whole people of God. In the communion of the Holy Spirit we are
joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ. At the table of the Lord we celebrate
with thanksgiving the savings acts and presence of Christ. Within the universal church we receive
the gift of ministry and the light of Scripture. In the bonds of Christian faith we yield ourselves to
God that we may serve the One whose reign has no end. Blessing, glory, and honor be to God