The central emphasis of the Church
of the Brethren is not a creed, but a commitment to follow Christ in simple obedience, to be faithful disciples in the modern
world. As do most other Christians, the Brethren believe in God as Creator and loving Sustainer. We confess the Lordship of
Christ, and we seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of life, thought, and mission.
We hold the New Testament as
our guidebook for living, affirming with it the need for lifelong and faithful study of the Scriptures. Brethren believe that
God has revealed an unfolding purpose for the human family and the universe through the Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament),
and fully in the New Testament. We hold the New Testament as the record of the life, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection
of Jesus Christ, and of the beginnings of the life and thought of the Christian church.
Faithful following of Jesus Christ
and obedience to the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures have led us to emphasize principles that we believe are central
in true discipleship. Among these are peace and reconciliation, simple living, integrity of speech, family values, and service
to neighbors near and far.
(Drawn from “The Brethren Heritage,” Elizabethtown