What do Moravians believe?
“Christ, and Him crucified, remain our confession of faith.” Moravians are an early Protestant church. We believe in the saving work of Christ’s crucifixion on the cross. In accepting other creeds of the Christian Church (such as the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, the Augsburg Confession) and in its practice, the Moravian Church has always stood by its motto: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love.”
Moravians recognize the example of Christ’s life and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord. Living the Christian life depends not only on our own effort but also upon God our Father, who in Jesus Christ accepts us as heirs of God and strengthens and sustains us. In baptism we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection, so we have died to sin and should walk in newness of life. We realize that our Christian faith must continually be nourished if it is to remain living and vital. Therefore, we desire to grow in our Christian lives through family devotions, personal prayer and study, and the opportunities for spiritual development offered by the Church.
We deem it a sacred responsibility and genuine opportunity to be faithful stewards of all God has entrusted to us: our time, our talents, and our financial resources. We view all of life as a sacred trust to be used wisely.
Realizing that God has called us from many and varied backgrounds, we recognize the possibility of disagreements or differences. Often these differences enrich the Church, but sometimes they divide. We consider it to be our responsibility to demonstrate within the congregational life the unity and togetherness created by God who made us one. How well we accomplish this will be a witness to our community as to the validity of our faith.
The essence of our faith is found in the Ground of the Unity, the doctrinal statement of the Worldwide Moravian Church. This statement is affirmed by Moravian Christians throughout the world.
Ground of The Unity
To help us put our faith into practice into daily life, Moravians follow the Moravian Covenant for Christian Living, a document which traces its roots to the early Moravian community of Herrnhut, Germany.
Covenant for Christian Living
Baptism in the Moravian Church
Idea Fidei Fratrum