We of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, in harmony with our
historic position, believing the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but
the Bible to be our infallible rule of faith and of practice, and
feeling our responsibility to make known the divine message of the
Bible, present the following articles as a statement of those basic
truths taught in the bible which are common to our Christian faith and
The Word of God, the sixty-six Books of the Old and New Testaments,
verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as
originally given of God (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
Existing eternally as three persons - the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).
His pre-existence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin
birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15),
substitutionary death (II Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke
24:36-43), ascension in to heaven and present ministry (Hebrews
4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11).
His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His
work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of
regeneration (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9); and filling (Ephesians
3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).
His direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his
subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24;
Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John
A complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as
the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His
finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; I Peter 1:18-19).
One true Church, the body and bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23;
5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (I
Corinthians 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local
churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for worldwide
gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in
fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16).
A life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from
evil ways of the world (Romans 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth
(James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians
5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with
the Word of God (I Corinthians 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but
showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men (Romans 12:17-21),
exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and maintaining a
life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6), and including the
privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray
and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18).
The Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are:
33-34; Jude 12), and the communion of the bread and the cup (I
his existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His
people (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom
the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His
Church from the earth (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) before the tribulation
(I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10), and afterward to descend with
the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth
the conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23; Luke
16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and
reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12; II Corinthians 5:10), the
judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the
eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the
lost (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).