Christian Faith and Worship
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
—1 John 4:7-8 from the New Revised Standard Version
Rooted in love, Christians do God’s work through helping others in any kind of need. By seeking to love God and others, Christians must diligently maintain relationships and remain mindful that humanity is not the greatest power in the universe.
Christians recognize the Bible as an important guide in life. Christians vary in their approaches to it, but acknowledge it is central to the faith. While Christianity is often depicted as a fixed tradition which must be fully accepted, the Christian Bible—made up of both Hebrew and Christian scriptures-- contains diverse religious perspectives. It offers three different Creation stories; two in Genesis and one in John. It offers four different perspectives on the life, teachings and miracles of Jesus, in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The other Christian writings—letters of early Christians and the book of Revelation—offer additional views of Jesus. You may find your own views borrow from, or build upon, these historical perspectives. We understand any view of Jesus that brings you into a richer relationship with God to be a blessing, and we encourage you to explore different understandings in our company.
For information about our parent denomination, the United Church of Christ, please go to ucc.org, or macucc.org.