Midway Hills Christian Church is an Open and Affirming congregation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). That means that we accept and welcome into the full life of the congregation persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, polyamorous, asexual, intersex, straight or queer, or anywhere else on the wide spectrum of human sexuality and gender identity.
God knows and loves every person, and every person is made in the image of God. We are called to break down boundaries together, all of us, in the name of love.
We are inclusive. That means ALL are welcome here. Our congregation and visitors are a mix of all genders, sexualities, races and abilities.
Verses – What the Bible Tells Us:
- 1 Samuel 16:7 ‘But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD look on the heart.”
- Acts 10:34-35 “Then Peter began to speak to them, ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
- Romans 8:31-39 “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your save we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Mark 12:28-34 “One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbor as oneself”—this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.”
Readings – Stories, Sermons and Essays on Why It’s Important to be Open and Affirming: