Greetings: We are the members of First Christian Church in Purcell, OK and we welcome you to our Web home page. We invite you to stroll through these pages so that you might have the opportunity to become more familiar with our local congregation. We are a small congregation, but we are also a "church on the GROW" and invite you to come visit us this Sunday for our weekly service of worship, beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:50 a.m. Purcell is located in the heart of Oklahoma, just 35 miles south of Oklahoma City, on Interstate 35. The church is located on the northeast corner of 2nd and Washington and can be easily found using these directions: 3 blocks east of "Carl's Jr." on the north side of the street, but if you should get lost, just ask someone where the gray church with the "red cup" on the building is located, and they should be able to direct you. Also, call the church at 405-527-3006 for directions. We are a small membership church affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a mainline denomination with over 4500 congregations in the U.S. and Canada. Disciples are one of the largest denominations with roots on American soil. Our General offices are in Indianapolis and our Regional offices are in Oklahoma City. We invite you to consider the following points about the First Christian Church.... 1. Jesus Christ is our Lord. Our central conviction is reflected in the simple confession of Peter, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God". (Matthew 16:16) This public confession and water baptism are our ONLY requirements for membership.
2. We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We are "saved" only by the grace of God. As a result of this understanding we are called to examine the log in our own eye before we become concerned about the speck in our neghbor's eye. We don't judge the actions of others, we leave the judgement to God.
3. We have no "creeds" or unyielding doctrines. Individuals have the privilige and responsibility to work out their own credos (statements of belief) in light of scripture and tradition. We neither require nor tolerate "litmus tests" of faith. Public confession of Jesus as Lord is all that is required. When we disagree on matters of faith and practice of faith, we do so in love. We celebrate the diversity that God has created in the world and we do not find it to be the cause for division. We have long proclaimed, "in faith, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love".
4. There is no requirement for rebaptism. We practice baptism of "believers" by immersion but we accept and recognize all modes of baptism, believing that God is active and present in all forms of Christian baptism in the Church universal.
5. We celebrate the Lord's Supper EVERY Lord's Day. It is the central experience of our worship. The Table is open to ALL who believe, and we welcome our sisters and brothers from all denominations to participate.
Because we believe we are "Christians only" and not the "only Christians", many families with diverse backgrounds and understandings find a home at First Christian. Persons seeking a fellowship based on love rather than doctrine will find it here. Those who believe that the church should engage the mind and heart, provide vital worship opportunities, enable faith development and be actively involved in mission outreach, will want to be a part of the caring family at First Christian. Our hope is that you will prayerfully consider placing your membership with our church as we seek to praise and serve our Lord together.
The "Stuff" We're Made Of...
Many people wonder what this church, with the "big red cup with an "X" in it on the side of your building", actually believes in. It might be best summed up by providing the reader with a look at the document that defines most of the churches bearing the name of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. This document is called "The Design For the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)".