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    Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Article 2 Revelation of God God s Self Revelation We believe that God has made Himself known to all people God s power and nature have always been evident in creation The Old Testament reveals God as the one who established a covenant relationship with Israel to make known to all people the eternal plan of salvation God revealed Himself supremely in Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament The Holy Spirit continues to make God known to individuals and the church this revelation is always consistent with the Scriptures The Written Word of God We believe that the entire Bible was inspired by God through the Holy Spirit The same Spirit guides the community of faith in the interpretation of Scripture The person teaching and life of Jesus Christ bring continuity and clarity to both the Old and New Testaments The Old Testament bears witness to Christ and Christ is the One whom the New Testament proclaims We accept the Bible as the infallible Word of God and the authoritative guide for faith and practice Genesis 9 1 17 Genesis 12 1 3 Exodus 6 2 8 Psalm 19 1 11 Psalm 119 Matthew 5 17 18 Luke 24 27 44 47 John 1 16 18 John 16 13 Acts 8 34 35 Romans 1 18 21 Hebrews 1 1 2 Colossians 1 15 23 II Timothy 3 14 17 II Peter 1 16 21 Article 2 Revelation of God God s Self Revelation We believe that God has made Himself known to all people God s power and nature have always been evident in creation The Old Testament reveals God as the one who established a covenant relationship with Israel to make known to all

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    them male and female in the image of God The Creator gave them the mandate to rule and care for creation as a sacred trust and the freedom to obey or disobey him Through the willful disobedience of Adam and Eve sin entered the world As a result human nature is distorted and people are alienated from God and creation Creation is under the bondage of decay Humans and all creation long to be set free The New Creation Sin guilt and death will not prevail God will create a new heaven and a new earth in which there will be no evil suffering and death The first signs of this new creation are already present in those who accept God s forgiveness through Christ In Christ all things are being reconciled and created anew Genesis 1 3 Psalm 8 6 Psalm 19 1 6 Psalm 24 1 2 Psalm 89 11 Psalm 95 5 Psalm 104 Proverbs 8 22 31 Isaiah 40 12 31 Isaiah 44 24 John 1 1 4 10 John 17 5 Romans 1 19 20 Romans 5 17 21 Romans 6 4 Romans 8 18 25 I Corinthians 8 6 I Corinthians 15 20 27 II Corinthians 3 18 II Corinthians 4 6 II Corinthians 5 16 19 Galatians 3 28 Galatians 6 15 Ephesians 1 4 9 10 Ephesians 2 11 22 Ephesians 4 24 Colossians 1 15 17 Hebrews 11 3 Revelation 4 8 11 Revelation 21 1 5 Revelation 22 13 Article 3 Creation and Humanity Creation We believe that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and they were very good All of creation expresses God s sovereign will and design but remains distinct from the Creator The universe belongs to God who takes care and delight in

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    of God As a result sin and evil have gained a hold in the world disrupting God s purposes for the created order and alienating humans from God and thus from creation each other and themselves Human sinfulness results in physical and spiritual death Because all have sinned all face eternal separation from God Principalities and Powers Sin is a power that enslaves humanity Satan the adversary seeks to rule creation and uses sin to corrupt human nature with pride and selfishness In sin people turn from God exchanging the truth about God for a lie worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator Sin opens individuals and groups to the bondage of demonic principalities and powers These powers also work through political economic social and even religious systems to turn people away from holiness justice and righteousness Whether in word deed thought or attitude all humans are under the domination of sin and on their own are unable to overcome its power Genesis 3 Genesis 6 11 12 Psalm 14 1 3 Psalm 36 1 4 Psalm 52 1 7 Psalm 58 1 5 82 Isaiah 53 6 Ezekiel 16 49 50 Amos 2 4 8 Mark 7 20 23 John 8 34 44 Romans 1 21 32 Romans 3 9 18 23 Romans 5 12 14 Romans 18 19 Romans 6 23 Galatians 5 19 21 Ephesians 2 1 3 Ephesians 6 12 I Peter 5 8 9 I John 1 8 10 Revelation 12 9 Article 4 Sin and Evil Sin and Its Consequences We believe that the first humans yielded to the tempter and fell into sin Since then all people disobey God and choose to sin falling short of the glory of God As a result sin and evil have gained a hold in

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    Through the prophets God prepared the way of salvation until finally God reconciled the world to Himself by the atoning blood of Jesus As people place their trust in Christ they are saved by grace through faith not of their own doing but as a gift of God God forgives them delivers them from sin s bondage makes them new creatures in Christ empowers them by the Holy Spirit and seals them for eternal life When sin and death are finally abolished and the redeemed are gathered in the new heaven and the new earth God will have completed the plan of salvation Humanity s Response Though Jesus entered a world ruled by sin He chose not to submit to its allure and broke its domination Through His obedient life His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection Christ triumphed over Satan and the powers of sin and death opening the way for all people to follow Convicted by the Holy Spirit people turn from sin entrust their lives to God confess Jesus Christ as Lord and join the family of God All who receive Christ are born again and have peace with God and are called to love one another and live at peace with their neighbor Those whom God is saving no longer live for themselves for they have been set free from sin and called to newness of life Exodus 6 1 8 Exodus 15 2 Exodus 20 2 Psalm 68 19 20 Isaiah 43 1 Matthew 4 1 11 Mark 10 45 John 1 12 John 3 1 21 John 13 34 35 John 16 8 11 Romans 3 24 26 Romans 5 8 Romans 12 21 Romans 8 18 25 Romans 10 9 10 I Corinthians 1 18 II Corinthians 5 14 21 Ephesians 1 5 10 Ephesians 1 13 14 Ephesians 2 8 9 Colossians 1 13 14 Colossians 2 15 Hebrews 2 14 18 Hebrews 4 12 Hebrews 5 7 9 Hebrews 9 15 28 Hebrews 11 6 I John 4 7 11 Revelation 5 9 10 Revelation 21 1 4 Article 5 Salvation God s Initiative We believe that God is at work to accomplish deliverance and healing redemption and restoration in a world dominated by sin From the beginning God s purpose has been to create for Himself a people to dwell among them and to bless them Creation and all of humanity are without hope of salvation except through God s love and grace God s love is fully demonstrated in the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ God s Plan Throughout history God has acted mightily to deliver people from bondage and draw them into a covenant relationship Through the prophets God prepared the way of salvation until finally God reconciled the world to Himself by the atoning blood of Jesus As people place their trust in Christ they are saved by grace through faith not of their own doing but as a gift of God God

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    The worshipping community celebrates God s faithfulness and grace reaffirms its faithfulness to God builds up the members of the body and seeks God s will for its life and mission As the church observes baptism and the Lord s Supper it proclaims the good news of salvation Fellowship and Accountability The church is a covenant community in which members are mutually accountable in matters of faith and life They love care and pray for each other share each other s joys and burdens admonish and correct one another They share material resources as there is need Local congregations follow the New Testament example by seeking the counsel of the wider church on matters that affect its common witness and mission Congregations work together in a spirit of love mutual submission and interdependence The New Testament guides the practice of redemptive church discipline The church is responsible to correct members who continue to sin Congregations forgive and restore those who repent but formally exclude those who disregard discipline Gifts for Ministry Through the Holy Spirit God gives gifts to each member for the well being of the whole body These gifts are to be exercised in God s service to build up the church and to minister in the world God calls people to equip the church for ministry Leaders are to model Christ in their personal family and church life The church is to discern leaders prayerfully and to affirm support and correct them in a spirit of love Matthew 16 13 20 Matthew 18 15 20 John 13 1 20 John 17 1 26 Acts 1 8 Acts 2 1 4 Acts 37 47 Acts 11 1 18 Acts 15 1 35 Romans 12 3 8 I Corinthians 5 1 8 I Corinthians 12 14 II Corinthians 2 5 11 Galatians 3 26 28 Galatians 6 1 5 Ephesians 1 18 23 Ephesians 2 11 22 Ephesians 4 4 6 Ephesians 11 16 I Thessalonians 5 22 23 I Timothy 3 1 7 Titus 1 7 9 I Peter 2 9 12 I Peter 5 1 4 Article 6 Nature of the Church Called by God We believe the church is the people called by God through Jesus Christ People who respond in faith are united with the local congregation by the public confession of baptism Church members commit themselves to follow Christ in a life of discipleship and witness as empowered by the Holy Spirit Body of Christ The church is one body of believers male and female from every nation race and class The head of this body is Christ The church united by the one Spirit makes Christ visible in the world The church exists as local bodies of believers and as a worldwide community of faith Worship The church is nourished and renewed as God s people gather regularly to glorify God The early church gathered on the first day of the week to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead The

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    14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission USA MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section Bylaws Our Board Our Organization Our Staff Our Story Who Are the Mennonite Brethren What We Believe Confession of Faith Detailed Version Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Article 7 Mission of the Church The Great Commission and the Great Commandment We believe the good news of God s salvation in Jesus Christ is for all people Christ commands the church to make disciples of all nations by calling people to repent and by baptizing and teaching them to obey Jesus Jesus teaches that disciples are to love God and neighbor by telling the good news and by doing acts of love and compassion The Witness The Holy Spirit empowers every Christian to witness to God s salvation The church as a body witnesses to God s reign in the world By its life as a redeemed and separated community the church reveals God s saving purposes to the world Matthew 5 13 16 Matthew 22 34 40 Matthew 28 18 20 Mark 1 15 Mark 12 28 34 Luke 10 25 37 Luke 24 45 49 John 20 21 23 Acts 1 8 Romans 1 16 18 II Corinthians 5 18 20 Ephesians 3 10 11 Article 7 Mission of the Church The Great Commission and the Great Commandment We believe the good news of God s salvation in Jesus Christ is for all people Christ commands the church to make disciples of all nations by calling people to repent and by baptizing and teaching them to

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    Holy Spirit Baptism is a sign of having been cleansed from sin It is a covenant with the church to walk in the way of Christ through the power of the Spirit Meaning Baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sins received forgiveness of sins died with Christ to sin been raised to newness of life and received the Holy Spirit Baptism is a sign of the believer s incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church Baptism is also a pledge to serve Christ according to the gifts given to each person Eligibility Baptism is for those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and commit themselves to follow Christ in obedience as members of the local church Baptism is for those who understand its meaning are able to be accountable to Christ and the church and voluntarily request it on the basis of their faith response to Jesus Christ Practice We practice water baptism by immersion administered by the local church Local congregations may receive into membership those who have been baptized by another mode on their confession of faith Persons who claim baptism as infants and wish to become members of a Mennonite Brethren congregation are to receive baptism on their confession of faith Matthew 3 13 17 Matthew 28 18 20 Acts 2 38 Romans 6 2 6 I Corinthians 12 13 Colossians 2 12 13 Galatians 3 26 27 Ephesians 4 4 6 Article 8 Christian Baptism Confession We believe that when people receive God s gift of salvation they are to be baptized in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit Baptism is a sign of having been cleansed from sin It is a covenant with the church to walk in

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    MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section Bylaws Our Board Our Organization Our Staff Our Story Who Are the Mennonite Brethren What We Believe Confession of Faith Detailed Version Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Article 9 Lord s Supper Meaning The church observes the Lord s Supper as instituted by Christ The Supper points to Christ whose body was broken for us and whose blood was shed to assure salvation for believers and to establish the new covenant In the Supper the church identifies with the life of Christ given for the redemption of humanity and proclaims the Lord s death until He comes The Supper expresses the fellowship and unity of all believers with Christ It is a supper of remembrance celebration and praise which strengthens believers for true discipleship and service Practice In preparation for the fellowship of the Lord s Supper all believers examine themselves All those who understand its meaning confess Jesus Christ as Lord in word and life are accountable to their congregation and are living in right relationship with God and others are invited to participate in the Lord s Supper The normal pattern in the New Testament was that baptism preceded participation in the Lord s Supper Matthew 26 26 30 Acts 2 41 42 I Corinthians 10 16 17 I Corinthians 11 23 32 Article 9 Lord s Supper Meaning The church observes the Lord s Supper as instituted by Christ The Supper points to Christ whose body was broken for us and whose blood was shed to assure salvation for believers and to establish the new covenant In the Supper the church identifies with

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