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Who are Grace Brethren People?
Grace Brethren People are United
in Their Commitment to the Bible,
to the Great Commission and to one Another
Grace Brethren people are united by their love for Christ, a belief in His Word and a commitment to serve.
The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches includes more than 40,000 members in over 300 churches across the United States. Grace Brethren churches are related through a fellowship, rather than a denominational structure. Each church is an autonomous organization and is free to make its own decisions and govern itself. Yet, these churches voluntarily choose to be accountable to one another and work together in fulfilling the Great Commision.
Through the years, three commitments have characterized Grace Brethren people.
Committed to the Bible
This commitment to the Bible can be traced back to 1708 when Alexander Mack and a small group of Christians committed themselves to the Bible, instead of the traditions of the State Church in Germany. Their motto, “the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible,” has been perpetuated by the Grace Brethren.
We make this commitment to the Bible because every word of it is inspired by God. It is exactly what He wanted to communicate to man and was recorded without error. This confidence gives our lives firm direction and hope. We also discover in the Bible how to have a personal relationship with God and receive forgiveness of sin. Through God’s Word we can know for certain that we will spend eternity in heaven.
The Bible is the most important book we’ll ever read!
Committed to the Great Commission
When Jesus rose from the dead, He called all of His disciples together and issued this edict:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20a
Grace Brethren believe this task is yet to be accomplished. We believe Christ expects us to be involved in its fulfillment.
So we have committed ourselves not only to evangelism, but to establish churches where discipleship and leadership development will provide a positive setting for individuals to mature in Christ. God’s program for this age centers on local churches – churches which are committed to reproducing themselves.
This emphasis has lead to the establishment of Grace Brethren churches in the United States. Through Encompass World Partners we have three times as many members of Grace Brethren churches in countries abroad than we have in the United States. More than 1,000 people have par-ticipated in CE National;s TIME program, allowing them to receive training in ministry experience.
Grace Brethren are active in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Committed to One Another
Jesus considered love essential to His Church. He said it would distinguish His followers from the world. “All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13:35.
In following our Lord, Grace Brethren consider love for one another essential on both a local and national level. Although all Grace Brethren hold to a common set of beliefs, there is still a great variety of churches and individuals within our movement. We are held together by our love for the Lord and our love for each other as brothers. We know we will accomplish the most for Christ when we bond and work together.
Neighboring churches pray for each other and give encouragement. Districts cooperate in girls’ and boys’ programs, youth ministries and church planting. Our commitment to one another also enables our members to help each other grow in Christ. Members care and pray for each other, help each other and share the treasures of God’s truth.
The Grace Brethren are united in belief and purpose, a growing association of believers, and bonded togeth-er in their love for God and for one another… why not become a part of this family?



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