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"In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love."

The Unity of the Brethren has lived by these words for a very long time, but what exactly does this mean?

 

IN ESSENTIALS, UNITY

As part of the Protestant Reformation, we believe the Bible is the sourcebook of Christian truth. We believe that the Bible is how God reveals Himself to us. It is the standard by which we measure our Christian faith and conduct. We believe that God exists in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God the Father offers in Christ, His Son, the only way of salvation.Those who accept this gift of grace by faith become members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Thus, the Church serves as the visible form of the Kingdom of God on earth. We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the world and in the hearts of believers, demonstrating God's presence and power. We also believe that Christ will return at the time appointed by the Father. In these essentials we are united.

 

IN NON-ESSENTIALS, LIBERTY

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. We do believe that Christ is present in the two sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that Christian parents should present their children for baptism even as infants, in keeping with the attitude Jesus expressed to little children during his earthly ministry. In doing so, believing parents claim for their child that cleansing and saving grace offered by Christ and especially symbolized in this sacrament. In response, the parents promise to bring up their child in the faith which they themselves profess. This they do with the hope and prayer that, in due time, their child will confirm this covenant relationship with a personal profession of faith in Christ and in a commitment to His service. Believers who have not been baptized as infants are baptized following their public profession of faith.

 

IN ALL THINGS, LOVE.

Because we are one in Christ with all Christians through our common faith, and because we believe that Jesus established the sacrament of the Lord's Supper as a special means of grace for all believers, we invite all Christians to come to the Lord's Table with us in Holy Communion, regardless of denominational affiliation. We further believe that the Lord himself continues to serve as host at the Table which he established. And finally, 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)