The church has formulated no official statement, but maintains the Bible as its only basis of faith and practice, following the example of Jesus Christ as revealed within the New Testament. It believes that with spiritual openness the Holy Spirit will lead the church into a growing understanding of the mind of Christ and the will of God.
It believes in the inspiration of the Bible, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, his atonement for man’s sin on Calvary, his physical resurrection from the tomb, his ascension, his personal and visible return and the final resurrection and judgment.
It follows the pattern of New Testament sacraments in the administering of immersion baptism for believers, observing the ordinances and sacraments of the Lord’s Supper, in the anointing of those who are sick or have special spiritual needs, and the parental dedication of children to the Lord.
The Church of the Brethren believes that a basic quality of the Christian life is love. In keeping with this belief it has witnessed against violence in war and encourages its members to active peace-making and ministries of reconciliation and relief.
The Church of the Brethren believes that the spiritual life is primary and is very important in following the pattern of Jesus Christ. Consequently, it upholds the principal of moderation in things that are good; abstinence in things that are harmful; loyalty to Christ; and honesty and truthfulness as a way of living.
The Church encourages the nurture of spiritual life, both through the ministries of the church, as well as through personal and family devotions.
The Church believes that the Christian life is essentially a matter of discipleship in which a person dedicates his time, talents and resources for God’s purposes, both through the church and in the daily relationships of life.
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The cross recalls our baptism into Christ's death, "so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in a newness of life" (Romans 6:4).
The circle (only partially defined in this design) represents the whole world into which we are sent by Christ: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them..." (Matthew 28:19).
The wave connotes new life in Christ, "born of water and the Spirit" (John 3:5).