Frequently Asked Questions – First Christian Church of North Hollywood

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a “Christian” church?

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and we are a Christian church. We are affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a worldwide Protestant denomination.

What are the central teachings of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)?

We confess Jesus as the Christ, the son of the living God, and proclaim His gospel of unconditional love. We practice baptism by immersion and celebrate the Lord’s Supper each time we gather for worship. We claim as our particular witness the pursuit of Christian unity, while stressing freedom and diversity under God; and we seek to serve the whole human family in the interest of peace, justice and compassion.

How do I join the church?

No classes are required.

The only questions asked of anyone who wants to become a member are:

*Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, and receive him as your Lord and Savior?

*Do you commit yourself to his Gospel of unconditional love?

If you are interested in church membership, speak to one of the church Pastors or church Elders. An open invitation is offered during each service of worship.

If I have been baptized in another church, do you recognize my baptism as valid?

Yes. We recognize that churches vary in their practice of baptism. Some baptize infants by sprinkling with water, others baptize by full immersion when a person is old enough to make the decision for him or herself. Our general practice is baptism by immersion, when one reaches an “age of accountability.” However, we recognize baptisms conducted in other churches with practices that differ from our own; all are welcome.

Who can take Communion?

Everyone is welcome to the Communion Table. Our Lord is the host, not the ministers or Elders. We practice “open communion” and all are welcome.

What do you believe about the Bible?

We are a church whose faith is centered in Holy Scripture, especially the Gospels and the teaching of Jesus. We believe that the Bible was inspired by God to men and women at specific times in specific places to address specific situations and should be read from both a historical and faith perspective.