The Confession of Faith of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ was adopted
in 1815, and has not been changed since 1841. This statement of our core doctrinal beliefs is the most important document uniting United Brethren churches around the world.
1 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 Ghost;
that these three are one--the Father in the Son, the Son in the Father, and the Holy Ghost equal in essence or being with both;
that this triune God created the heavens and the earth and all that in them is, visible as well as invisible, and furthermore sustains,
governs, protects, and supports the same.
2 Jesus Christ, the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ; that He is very God and man; that He became incarnate by the power of the Holy Ghost 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 at the last day to judge the living and the dead.
3 The Holy Spirit, Comforter and Guide
We believe in the Holy Ghost; that He is equal in being with the Father and the Son, and that He comforts the faithful, and guides them into all truth.
4 The Church
We believe in a holy Christian church, the communion of saints,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
5 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 to 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.
6 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.
7 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 it is
incumbent on all the children of God particularly to practice them; but the manner in which ought always to be left to the judgment and understanding
of every individual.