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Ethics and Community

Community Organization

Christians share worship and fellowship in communities called churches. Although divided into denominations differing in belief and practice, contemporary Christians share a common belief in the God of the Bible.


The early Church, influenced by the Roman Empire, developed a hierarchical form of leadership. Contemporary Christian churches have a number of different leadership styles.

Principles of Moral Thought and Action

Christians follow the principles of morality expressed by Jesus' command to love God and neighbor, and rely on the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount for basic guidance.

Vision for Society

Christians expect a final day of judgment when the Kingdom of God, a reign of perfect peace and justice, will begin.

Gender and Sexuality

Christians teach that sexual relations should be expressed within marriage. The roles of women and gay Christians are being debated within the Christian community.