WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

IN ESSENTIALS, UNITY

 

We believe that the Bible is the source of all Christian truth. For this reason, translating the Word of God into everyday life continues to be a high priority for Brethren.

 

We believe that it is essential for a Christian to believe in one God as revealed in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only revealed way of salvation from the penalty and power of sin. Those who accept this grace by faith become members of the Body of Christ, the Church. It is this fellowship of believers, committed to the will and purpose of God as a means of giving glory to Christ, which serves as the visible form of the Kingom of God on earth.

 

We as Brethren, do believe that Christ is mysteriously present in the two sacraments which he established. We believe that Jesus established the sacrament of the Lord's Supper as a special means of grace for all believers, and therefore invite all Christians to come to the Lord's Table with us in Holy Communion, regardless of denominational affiliation.

 

We also believe that the Holy Spirit continues to be active in the world particularly in the hearts of believers communicating God's presence, power, and purpose for a life of faith and witness.

 

We believe furthermore, that it is essential for a Christian to believe in the glorious return of Christ, at the time appointed by the Father, to judge the world and to reward the faithful.

 

 

IN NON-ESSENTIALS, LIBERTY

 

We believe that full agreement is not essential among Christians in such matters as the way Christ is present in the sacraments, the elements used, the time and method of baptism, nor the system of church organization and government.

 

 

IN ALL THINGS, LOVE

 

We believe that it is urgent that all Christians work together in love. Jesus said: "If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples." John 13:35. Working together with all Christians in a spirit of love has always been an important concern of Brethren as we labor together toward that common goal when "every knee should bow...and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father." - Philippians 2:10-11.