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Statement of Faith

The United Brethren Statement of Faith was adopted in 1815 and has never been changed. It states the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, the core beliefs which United Brethren members have clung to since the denomination began.

The Triune God In the name of God, we declare and confess before men that we believe in the only true God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: that these three are one--the Father in the Son, the Son in the Father, and the Holy Spirit equal with both; that this triune God created the heavens and the earth and all that in them is, visible as well as invisible, and He sustains, governs, protects, and supports the same.

Jesus Christ, the Son We believe in Jesus Christ; that He is both God and man; that He became incarnate by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary and was born of her; that He is the Savior and Mediator of the whole human race, if they with full faith in Him accept the grace offered in Jesus; that this Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us, was buried, arose again on the third day, ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God to intercede for us; and that He shall come again to judge the living and dead.

The Holy Spirit, Comforter and Guide We believe in the Holy Spirit; that He is equal in being with the Father and the Son, and that He comforts the faithful, and guides them into all truth.

The Church
We believe in a holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

The Holy Bible and Salvation We believe that the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God; that it contains the only true way of our salvation; that every true Christian is bound to acknowledge and receive it with the influence of the Spirit of God as the only rule and guide; and that without faith in Jesus Christ, true repentance, forgiveness of sins, and following after Christ, no one can be a true Christian.

The Salvation Message We also believe that what is contained in the Holy Scriptures: the fall in Adam and redemption through Jesus Christ, shall be preached throughout the world.

The Christian Ordinances We believe that the ordinances, namely baptism and the remembrance of the sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, are to be in use and practiced by all Christian societies; and that is an obligation of all the children of God to practice them; but the manner in which ought always to be left to the judgment and understanding of every individual.