What We Believe
Three Streams–Our Theological Heritage
It is often said of the Brethren In Christ that we are formed out of the confluence of three theological streams: Anabaptism, Wesleyanism, and Pietism. Evangelicalism has influenced our fellowship over the past fifty years, as well. When you come to worship with us, you will take part in a service that looks much like other Evangelical churches. Yet, these emphases make us distinct and will serve to give you a better understanding of who we are at the core.
Anabaptism as a movement grew out of the events surrounding the Protestant Reformation; yet, was in some ways distinct from the Protestant churches. Our emphases upon community and wholehearted discipleship come from our Anabaptist influences.
Wesleyanism as a movement grew out of the teaching of John Wesley. This theology has shaped our understanding of Sanctification, or the process by which we are transformed to be like Christ. We believe that God, by his Spirit, transforms and empowers us so that we can live in victory over the power of sin.
Pietism as a movement developed in Central Europe in the 17th century and has touched several traditions, including ours. We received, from Pietism, our emphasis upon knowing Christ personally and having a relationship with him.
To gain a better understanding of our vision and mission as Hollowell BIC, take a look at our Who We Are page.