Statement of Faith

These statements are directly from the ABC (Arcadia Church of the Brethren) Constitution


The faith of the Congregation of the Arcadia Church of the Brethren:

1. Is founded upon the belief that there is but one God who is a personal God

who, in holy love, creates, sustains, and orders all;

2. Confesses Jesus Christ is the son of God and thus Lord of the church and of

all life;

3. Believes that the Holy Spirit is at work in the hearts and minds of the

believers, creating and sustaining the church through the gospel, giving

guidance and comfort and uniting believers with the Lord and with one


4. Considers that all members of the congregation of the body of believers are

responsible for the total ministry of the church;

5. Maintains that the New Testament is its only creed and rule of faith. In the

Holy Scriptures is recorded God’s search for man which is climaxed in God’s

redemptive act in and through Jesus Christ. Through His holy word, God still

speaks and continues to accomplish His redemptive purpose;

6. Believes that the Holy Gospel is, “the Good News”, that God was in Christ

reconciling the world unto himself. Through the gospel, God’s sovereign will

and Christ’s redeeming grace are revealed;

7. The congregation holds that the church is the body of Christ, under the Lord’s

mandate to be faithful in accepting and transmitting the gospel by word and

by deed; and

8. Accepts that the ministry of the church is to be the proclamation and

fulfillment of the gospel for all people both near and far and for the nurture of

the individual believers in the Christian faith and life.


God is calling our Church to be His servants striving to develop Christ like

attributes in our Christian walk through the teachings of His Holy Spirit by

accepting others, believing in Jesus, and caring for each other.


God is calling us to lead others to grow in Jesus by:

1. Putting Him first in our lives, individually and as a body develop a personal

relationship with Him through prayer and reading His Holy Word;

2. Putting others before ourselves and demonstrating unconditional, Christian

love for one another;

3. Using the spiritual gifts that, by His grace, we have received for His purposes;

4. Demonstrating the gifts of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) which we receive by His

grace and by being his faithful servant; and

5. Implementing God’s Great Commission by sharing the message of Jesus

Christ with others and growing disciples.


Baptism is an outward expression of an inward belief. Through belief that Jesus Christ is

the Son of God and through confession of sin and repentance to Jesus Christ, one receives

baptism of the heart. Upon baptism, the Holy Spirit will dwell within one’s heart.

Baptism, as practiced by (ABC) Arcadia Church of the Brethren, is in the name of the Father,

the Son, and the Holy Spirit and is by immersion. Request for baptism by trine

immersion shall be honored by the pastor.


Church membership is not to be entered into lightly or unadvisedly. Membership in the

Arcadia Church of the Brethren congregation is a way in which we affirm and live out

our membership in Christ’s larger body as directed by the Holy Scriptures. Through our

interrelatedness with other Christians of the congregation:

1. We experience the fullness of the gifts of the Spirit.

2. We discover ways to be faithful to our covenant with God and each other.

3. We are able to support one another in carrying out our common calling as the people

of God.

To make membership meaningful and significant, an individual is encouraged to attend a

membership class. Also, to make membership meaningful and significant, the

congregation and the member shall diligently strive to attain mutual accountability to one

another. The congregation has a covenant responsibility:

1. To instruct each individual in the Word of God and the faith and practices of the

Arcadia Church of the Brethren prior to being received into membership.

2. To encourage growth in freedom and discipleship.

3. To help members discover their gifts and find ways for them to serve in Christ’s


4. To provide ministries that respond to both spiritual and physical needs.

Likewise, each member has a covenantal responsibility:

1. To actively seek participation in the life of the congregation.

2. To seek the counsel of the church in living out the way of Christ.

3. To challenge the church to greater accountability to its calling.

4. To respond to opportunities to serve in the congregation and beyond.

5. To be faithful to the church by way of their attendance at regular services and by their

stewardship of time, talent, and financial support.

Each individual member and the congregation shall love God and follow the teachings

and commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ.


It is the responsibility of the congregation to reach out to others, to share with

them the good news of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, and to invite them to enter

into the life of Christ’s body. After an individual has expressed a desire to

become a member, they will then have the opportunity to learn about the Arcadia

Church of the Brethren and will receive a sponsor to be a mentor to/for them.

Individuals may be received into the church in one of three ways:


An individual may enter into membership of the Arcadia Church of the

Brethren through confirmation of faith, full confession in Jesus Christ as

Lord and Savior, and evidence of baptism into the Christian Faith.