Christian Brethren of Pawtucket
400 Lonsdale Avenue| Pawtucket, RI 02860 | 401.461.8378

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Christian Brethren of Pawtucket


"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom 6:23



Schedule


Sunday

  • 09:00 AM - Lord's Supper

  • 10:30 AM - Preaching of the Gospel

Wednesday

  • 07:00 PM - Prayer Meeting

  • 07:00 PM - Bible Study


Who We Are


An explanation for those not familiar with “Christian Brethren”


There are several groups that use this name in their title. We're not historically related to any of them other than the unity we have with all those who are believers in Christ Jesus our Lord. Some of the groups that use this name are: Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Brethren, Moravian Brethren, Unity of the Brethren, Polish Brethren, Church of the Lutheran Brethren, etc.

The so-called “Christian Brethren,” of which we are part, is a movement within the universal Body of Christ. It is not a denomination. As matter of fact, most believers in this movement don't like having the name “Christian Brethren” in a denominational sense, or any other name that creates division within the body of Christ.

In some places, the Christian Brethren are sometimes called “Plymouth Brethren.” This is because in the early days of this movement, there was a church in Plymouth, England that grew very fast and was extremely large. It became well-known and for a while the entire movement was named after that church.

In spite of the resistance within the movement regarding names of groups that can contribute to division in the universal Church of our Lord, it was people outside the movement that gave them this name. They called them “brethren” (equivalent to modern-day words 'Christian “Siblings”') because they often heard members call each other “brother” or “sister.” This common bond and outward expression of familial love impressed the world and so was coined the term “Christian Brethren” which survives to this day.


How did the “Christian Brethren” movement get started?


In the early 1800's, there was much dissatisfaction among Christians around the world with the way things were in churches. The Bible was interpreted figuratively in all churches, making the Scriptures difficult to understand. Many church denominations were very exclusive, forbidding a Christian from a different denomination from taking the Lord's Supper in their church.

Many groups of people around the world, unaware of each other, began to meet in homes and other locations to study the Bible and celebrate the Lord's Supper, permitting all who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior to participate.

By the second decade of the 1800's many of these groups began to become aware of other groups doing the same thing. Before the end of the eighteen twenties, the many groups around the world became recognizable as a single movement – a movement by the Holy Spirit. Today, the “Christian Brethren” are found in almost every country, and in several countries they are the largest Evangelical group.


In what are we similar to others


“Christian Brethren” are Evangelical. We agree with all the basic tenets of the faith that other Evangelicals hold to, such as:

  • The inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture
  • The triune God
  • The sinful nature of humans
  • The virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • The vicarious death of Jesus
  • His resurrection and ascension to Heaven
  • Salvation through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Spiritual gifts for ministry
  • The second coming of the Lord Jesus
  • The final judgment of all
  • All humans will either be granted eternal joy in Heaven or be condemned to eternal perdition in Hell

What distinguishes us from others


Alongside these essentials of the faith, the “Christian Brethren” hold to some New Testament principles that have come to distinguish them from within the Evangelicals. Here they are: