This page represents the historic position of the Brethren Church.
Only a remnant of this church still holds to these "Brethren Card" beliefs.

The Church of the Brethren

What is the Brethren Church?

The Brethren Church began in Schwarzenau, Germany in 1708 primarily out of a desire for religious freedom and in reaction to the government controlled churches of the day. By the mid 1700's the Brethren Church had migrated to America in pursuit of that same religious freedom. The heritage of the Brethren church would be similar to that of other "Anabaptist" denominations such as the Mennonite, German Baptist Brethren, Church of the Brethren and Grace Brethren.

The Brethren maintain that the entire Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) is the inspired Word of God and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins. We also believe that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and that He has ascended into heaven where He intercedes on our behalf. Having ascended into heaven, Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of His people as our comforter, counselor and friend. We believe that those who have acknowledged Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will have the assurance of a home in heaven with Christ for all eternity.

The Brethren Church seeks to live out their faith in Christ on a daily basis. Obedience to Christ is demonstrated through a commitment to a daily relationship with God and involvement in the ministries of the church. We believe that God empowers His people to this obedient service through the gifts of His Holy Spirit. Each person who believes in Christ is equipped by God to perform some meaningful function within the context of the Body of Christ.

The above is from the Jefferson Brethren Church, who's our motto is "Building up the Body." We believe that it is our God given responsibility to include everyone in the Body of Christ (the church) regardless of race, gender or national origin. We encourage you to worship with us as neighbor and friend.

The Brethren Card

1. This body of Christians (referring to The Church of the Brethren) originated early in the eighteenth century, the church being a natural outgrowth of the Anabaptist and Pietistic movements following the Reformation.

2. Firmly accepts and teaches the fundamental evangelical doctrines of:

3. Observes the following New Testament rites: These rites are representative of spiritual graces which are evident in the lives of true believers, and as such are essential factors in the development of the Christian life.

4.   Emphasizes...

5. Opposes on Scriptural grounds:
6. Labors earnestly, in harmony with the Great Commission, for the evangelization of the world, for the conversion of men to Jesus Christ, and for the realization of the life of Jesus Christ in every believer (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

7. Maintains the New Testament as its only creed, in harmony with which the above brief statement is made.

The Brethren Card was first published by the Brethren's Book and Tract Work about 1887. It was printed in the Gospel Messenger for a period of time a revised edition of the card was sanctioned by Annual Conference in 1923, with the provision that it must not be considered a creed. See also: Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Church of the Brethren 1923-1944, pp. 7-8.

New Testament Beliefs and Practices: A Brethren Understanding, by Harold S. Martin, pp. 123, co-published by Brethren Press and the Brethren Revival Fellowship, 1989.

The above Brethren Card is from Mark Roth's Web site .

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June 22, 2000