Name: Dusty Disciple Fellowship
Ongoing Mission: Becoming More Like Jesus Everyday
Vision: We will be a fellowship where relationships Begin and Grow. We will Journey Together toward being more like Jesus every day, living in the reality of the strong, unshakable Kingdom of God.
We Believe: The Creeds – Nicene Creed & Apostles’ Creed
- Nicene Creed -We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
– Apostles’ Creed -I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church*, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
What we believe about Baptism –
- Baptism is a sacrament and, as such, the primary actor in all baptisms is God.
- With God as the primary actor in baptism, the act of coming to be baptized is not dependent upon an individual’s understanding, but upon the individual’s obedience to the call of the Holy Spirit to come and be baptized.
- With God as the primary actor in baptism, the individual’s ability to remember their baptism or the meaning of their baptism is not relevant. God remembers. All baptisms have meaning. Therefore, we do not re-baptize. We will, however facilitate a remembrance of your baptism, if this is your desire. We recognize the call of the Holy Spirit upon an individual to make a public profession of their faith.
- We baptize in accordance with Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-21, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Baptism is not salvific in nature. This means that baptism does not save you from your sins and ensure a place for you in heaven.
- Baptism is an outward sign of a an inward grace that is a statement of faith. This statement of faith is either made by the parents on behalf of an infant or by an individual seeking baptism.
- This statement of faith is one where the parents or individual are proclaiming their faith and allegiance to the Lordship of Jesus in their lives. Parents will do their best, in conjunction with the body of believers, to raise the infant into a young adult who will live into their faith and make it their own. Individuals are claiming their love for Jesus and their utter dependence upon Him for their salvation. Baptism serves as a sign to the individual, parents, and their faith community that they have chosen to follow Jesus with their lives.
- The method of baptism is not important. Therefore, sprinkling, pouring, dipping, dunking, and full immersion are all acceptable forms of baptism.
- Anyone can baptize under the supervision of the servant team of the church. We can find no Biblical support for restricting the act of baptism to ordained clergy only.
- Baptism is a fellowship/community event. Thus, the preferred method of baptism is within the context of a regularly scheduled worship service or a special baptism only service at a special location [lake, river, ocean.]
- The church/congregation/fellowship plays an important role in all baptisms.
- The community bears a responsibility to celebrate an individual/parents’ public profession of faith.
- The community bears a responsibility to pray for the individuals being baptized.
- The community bears a responsibility to support the individuals/parents by their presence, gifts, and service.
- The community bears a responsibility to build relationships with those who are baptized or with the parents who bring an infant to be baptized. This relationship is a journey of joy, accountability, and perhaps sorrow.
What we believe about Communion –
- We refer to communion in a variety of ways that are all acceptable: The Lord’s Supper, The Last Supper, Holy Communion, Communion, and Eucharist.
- Communion is a sacrament. As such we believe that God is the primary actor.
- With God as the primary actor, our coming to celebrate communion is in response to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
- We celebrate communion in accordance with Jesus’ command that His followers should remember Him in this way.
- In taking communion, we believe that it is a symbolic act that is led and directed by the Holy Spirit. The bread is just bread, but it is more than that. The juice is just juice, but it is more than that. In our act of remembering, the Holy Spirit makes the bread and juice be for us the body and blood of Christ. It is not transubstantiation.
- We believe that the Bible teaches us that, as we come to the communion table, we should prepare for that by doing four things:
- We should do a self examination of our lives. This is in accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:28 – “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.”
- We should confess our individual and corporate sins. This is in accordance with 1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
- We should recommit our lives to following Jesus. This is in accordance with Romans 12:1 – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
- We should restore any broken relationships. This is in accordance with Matthew 5:23-24 – “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
- Frequency of celebrating communion is at the discretion of the senior pastor and the servant team.
- Methodology of celebrating communion is at the discretion of the senior pastor and the servant team. Common methods may include but are not limited to: intinction, passing of trays, tables, individual communion.
- We believe in an open communion table. This means that we place the responsibility on the individual to be a follower of Jesus. We want each person to abstain from taking communion unless they trust in Jesus alone for their salvation. To eat or drink at the communion table without this belief is to invite condemnation on one’s life in accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:27 – So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”
- Anyone can celebrate holy communion under the supervision of the servant team of the church. We can find no Biblical support for restricting the act of celebrating communion to ordained clergy only. That being said, care should be taken to be sure that the 4 biblical pre-requsists are cared for.
- Footnotes –This liturgy gets at the heart of what we are talking about: “Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.”Also this liturgy: “Send thy Holy Spirit upon us, we pray thee, that the bread which we break may be to us the communion of the body of Christ and the cup which we bless the communion of his blood. Grant that being joined together in him we may attain to the unity of the faith and grow up in all things into him who is the Head, even Christ our Lord. And as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf and these grapes from many hills into one cup, grant, O Lord, that thy whole Church may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into thy kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”