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. 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.
(Drawn from www.brethren.org “What We Believe”)
Bear Creek Church of the Brethren
P.O. Box 447, 1088 Brethren Church Road
Accident, MD 21520
Church of the Brethren Beliefs
Baptism - the outward ordinance or sacrament wherein the washing with water represents the cleansing of souls. Baptism is for those persons who express faith in Jesus and repent of their sins. Brethren believe in trine immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Church of the Brethren, members are received by baptism, by transfer of membership, and by reaffirmation of faith.
Love Feast and Communion - is a continuation of the observance of the last supper Jesus ate with his disciples and the sacraments of the bread and cup.
Feetwashing - Jesus taught it by example as he knelt and washed the disciples feet at the Last Supper. It shows love, humility, and service, and is a symbol of cleansing.
Anointing - is a prayerful, loving application of oil to the forehead of someone in physical or spiritual need. People ask for anointing before surgery or during serious illness, and they also request it in times of grief, emotional turmoil, brokenness in relationships, or in times of consecration and dedication of self to God.