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What we believe...

As part of the Brethren in Christ church, we at EBIC have a rich historical background.

The Brethren in Christ (BIC)

The roots of the Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church go back to the Protestant Reformation in Europe where a small segment of reformers believed that obedience to Christ through his teaching in the New Testament should be the standard for all Christian faith and practice. The Brethren in Christ Church was founded in the late 1700s as a result of a revival among Mennonite and Brethren believers. Today, the Brethren in Christ still emphasize new birth conversion, obedience to Christ, and the importance of the Bible for faith and practice. The denomination has congregations throughout the United States, Canada, and some fourteen other countries around the world. We also participate in broader Christian organizations such as Mennonite Central Committee, the Christian Holiness Association, and the National Association of Evangelicals.

As the BIC church, we have agreed that ten core values are at the heart of our life and work together. In setting forth our core values, we declare our ties with true Christians of all times and every place. We confess with them the faith as embodied in the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed. We recognize that these values are rooted in our history and doctrine. In broad strokes they convey the essential beliefs of our denomination as stated in our Articles of Faith and Doctrine. We present these ten core values to help you to better understand the Brethren in Christ. In ten concise statements, these are the values which 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 whole hearted 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 .

For more extensive information on Brethren in Christ (BIC) beliefs, check out:
BIC Articles of Faith & Doctrine

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