What We Believe:
Jesus Christ is the foundation of our values and beliefs. A diverse family, we believe it’s important to wrestle with the Bible together. Like all families, we interpret the world through a particular lens. For us, that lens is the person, teaching, and work of Jesus Christ. Centered on Christ’s example and grounded in our history, our values and beliefs prompt us to extend the Kingdom of God in our communities and world.
Rooted in our history and doctrine, our Core Values touch our hearts, stir our emotions, and move us to action.
Experiencing God’s Love and Grace --We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Believing the Bible --We value the Bible as God’s authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.
Worshiping God --We value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.
Following Jesus --We value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.
Belonging to the Community of Faith --We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.
Witnessing to the World --We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.
Serving Compassionately --We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
Pursuing Peace --We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.
Living Simply --We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.
Relying on God --We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.
Articles of Faith and Doctrine
Our Articles of Faith and Doctrine provide summary statements about our theological beliefs.
We affirm an understanding of scriptural interpretation that recognizes:
- The inspiration and illumination of the Holy Spirit
- The centrality of Christ in divine revelation
- The New Testament as interpreter of the Old Testament
- The scriptural focus on piety and obedience
- The essential value of community consensus in the interpretive process
These articles are to serve as summary statements of our beliefs. Because each closely relates to one another, it is best to read them as a whole. The Brethren in Christ U.S. Manual of Doctrine and Government more fully explains our understanding of biblical faith and the Christian life.
Following each doctrinal statement is a listing of selected Scripture references. As the article grows out of the totality of the biblical message, these references are only illustrative of the scriptural truths identified in each section.
We as the BIC family prayerfully explore topics at the intersections of theology, faith, and culture. Engaging with matters of faith together, over time we have developed positions on subjects affecting us individually and corporately. Our perspectives reflect our heritage: The Anabaptist, Pietistic, Wesleyan, and Evangelical streams of Christianity that have shaped our history still influence our faith today. Taken together, our positions represent our ongoing desire to live out our faith in accordance with the Spirit, with Scripture, and in community.
Accents & Issues
Influenced by our theological traditions, the BIC U.S. position documents express our views on select theological topics. Learn more
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