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    church commit themselves to build up the body of Christ and witness to the good news of the Christian hope In community members grow in maturity as they demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit use their spiritual gifts and practice mutual accountability in the disciplines of the Christian life Christians confess sin repent and experience God s grace in the life of the Christian community Demonstrating True Faith Jesus teaches that discipleship is the way of self denial and promises blessing for those who suffer for righteousness Disciples are to resist worldly values and systems the sinful nature and the devil Disciples give generously and reject materialism which makes a god out of wealth Disciples treat others with compassion and gentleness and reject violence as a response to injustice Disciples speak honestly to build others up and reject dishonest vulgar and careless talk they seek to avoid lawsuits to resolve personal grievances especially with other believers Disciples maintain sexual purity and marital faithfulness and reject immoral premarital and extramarital relationships and all homosexual practices To be a disciple means to be true to Jesus in everyday life Psalm 1 Psalm 119 Amos 5 24 Matthew 5 7 Matthew 18 15 20 Mark 8 34 38 John 8 31 32 John 13 34 35 John 15 14 15 Acts 2 41 47 Romans 1 24 32 Romans 8 1 30 Romans 12 I Corinthians 6 9 11 I Corinthians 11 1 I Corinthians 12 1 13 II Corinthians 8 9 Galatians 2 20 Galatians 5 16 26 Galatians 6 1 2 Ephesians 4 11 12 15 16 Ephesians 5 1 18 Philippians 2 6 8 Colossians 3 1 17 I Thessalonians 4 3 8 I Thessalonians 5 17 I Timothy 1 9 11 I Timothy 2 1 8 I Timothy 4 6 8 II Timothy 3 14 17 Hebrews 12 1 3 Hebrews 13 4 5 James 1 22 27 James 4 7 I Peter 2 20 25 I Peter 3 15 I Peter 5 8 9 I John 1 3 I John 6 9 I John 2 15 17 Article 10 Discipleship Following Jesus We believe that Jesus calls people who have experienced the joy of new birth to follow Him as disciples By calling His followers to take up the cross Christ invites them to reject the godless values of the world and offer themselves to God in a life of service The Holy Spirit who lives in every Christian empowers believers to overcome the acts and attitudes of the sinful nature Filled with love and gratitude disciples delight to obey God United in a Distinct Community Christians enjoy fellowship with God and other believers At baptism believers are joined to the local church commit themselves to build up the body of Christ and witness to the good news of the Christian hope In community members grow in maturity as they demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit use their spiritual gifts and practice mutual accountability in the disciplines of

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    however may sometimes lead to divorce a violation of God s intention for marriage With truth and compassion the family of God offers hope and healing while continually upholding the biblical ideal of marital faithfulness Singleness Singleness is honored equally with marriage sometimes even preferred The church is to bless respect and fully include those who are single Those who remain single may find unique opportunities to advance the kingdom of God God calls all people single and married to live sexually pure lives Family God intends family relationships at all stages of life to be characterized by love Children are a gift from God Godly parents instruct and nurture their children in the faith Parents are to discipline their children wisely and lovingly not provoking them to anger Children are to honor and obey their parents Genesis 1 26 31 Genesis 2 18 24 Genesis 5 1 2 Genesis 12 1 3 Exodus 22 16 17 Leviticus 18 22 Leviticus 20 13 Deuteronomy 6 4 Deuteronomy 24 1 4 Psalm 127 3 5 Proverbs 31 Matthew 5 32 Matthew 10 34 39 Matthew 19 3 12 Matthew 22 23 33 Mark 3 31 35 Mark 7 9 13 Mark 10 6 11 Luke 16 18 Romans 7 2 3 Romans 14 12 I Corinthians 7 8 40 II Corinthians 6 14 15 Ephesians 5 21 33 Ephesians 6 1 4 I Timothy 3 1 13 I Timothy 5 3 16 Hebrews 13 4 I Peter 3 1 7 Article 11 Marriage Singleness and Family We believe that marriage and the family are instituted by God The church blesses both marriage and singleness and encourages families to grow in love Marriage Marriage is a covenant relationship intended to unite a man and a woman for life At creation God designed

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    do not conflict with the Word of God God has given governments authority to maintain law and order and to punish wrongdoers Followers of Christ respect and pray for those in authority so that peaceful order may prevail We deplore the loss of life in the exercise of state sanctioned violence Christian Allegiance in Society The primary allegiance of all Christians is to Christ s kingdom not the state or society Because their citizenship is in heaven Christians are called to resist the idolatrous temptation to give to the state the devotion that is owed to God As ambassadors for Christ Christians act as agents of reconciliation and seek the well being of all peoples Because Christ forbids the swearing of oaths we simply affirm the truth in legal transactions Believers do not participate in secret societies which demand the swearing of oaths or which otherwise conflict with a Christian s allegiance to Christ and the church Exodus 20 13 16 Leviticus 19 11 Psalm 82 3 4 Jeremiah 29 7 Daniel 2 21 Daniel 3 17 18 Daniel 4 17 Matthew 5 13 16 33 37 Matthew 6 33 Matthew 17 24 27 Matthew 22 17 21 John 15 19 John 17 14 18 Acts 5 29 Romans 13 1 7 I Corinthians 5 9 13 II Corinthians 6 14 18 Ephesians 5 6 13 Philippians 1 27 Philippians 3 20 I Timothy 2 1 4 Titus 3 1 2 James 5 12 I Peter 2 13 17 Article 12 Society and State The State as Instituted by God We believe that God instituted the state to promote the well being of all people Christians cooperate with others in society to defend the weak care for the poor and promote justice righteousness and truth Believers witness against corruption discrimination

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    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 13 Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation God s Community of Peace We believe that God in Christ reconciles people to Himself and to one another making peace through the cross The church is the fellowship of redeemed people living by love The bond between followers of Jesus transcends all racial social and national barriers Christian Peacemaking We actively pursue peace and reconciliation in all relationships by following Christ s example and His command to love God neighbors and even enemies We strive to be peacemakers and agents of reconciliation in families churches communities in our nation and throughout the world As peacemakers we alleviate suffering reduce strife promote justice and work to end violence and war that others may see a demonstration of Christ s love As in other Peace Churches many of us choose not to participate in the military but rather in alternative forms of service Because Jesus is Lord His example and teaching take priority over nationalism and the demands of human authorities Exodus 20 1 17 Jeremiah 29 7 Matthew 5 9 17 26 38 48 Romans 12 9 21 13 8 10 II Corinthians 5 15 20 Ephesians 2 14 18 I Peter 2 19 23 Revised and approved at our National Convention July 26 2014 Article 13 Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation God s Community of Peace We believe that God in Christ reconciles people to Himself and to one another making peace through the cross The church is the fellowship of redeemed people living by love The bond between followers of Jesus transcends all racial social

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    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 14 The Sanctity of Human Life We believe that all human life belongs to God Each person is created in the image of God and ought to be celebrated and nurtured Because God is creator the author and giver of life we oppose all actions and attitudes which devalue human life The unborn disabled poor aging and dying are particularly vulnerable to such injustices Christ calls the people of all nations to care for the defenseless God values human life highly Ultimate decisions regarding life and death belong to God Therefore we hold that procedures designed to take life including abortion euthanasia and assisted suicide are an affront to God s sovereignty We esteem the life sustaining findings of medical science but recognize that there are limits to the value of seeking to sustain life indefinitely In all complex ethical decisions regarding life and death we seek to offer hope and healing support and counsel in the context of the Christian community Genesis 1 26 27 Genesis 2 7 Exodus 20 13 Job 31 15 Psalm 139 13 16 Amos 1 2 Matthew 6 25 27 Matthew 25 31 46 John 10 11 Article 14 The Sanctity of Human Life We believe that all human life belongs to God Each person is created in the image of God and ought to be celebrated and nurtured Because God is creator the author and giver of life we oppose all actions and attitudes which devalue human

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    to meet human need but resists the unjust exploitation of the earth and its peoples All God s gifts are to be received with thanksgiving and used responsibly Responsible Living To confess Jesus as Lord transforms values Jesus warns that we cannot serve both God and wealth Preoccupation with money and possessions self indulgent living and eagerness to accumulate wealth for personal advantage are not in keeping with the teaching of Scripture Generous Giving The Bible teaches cheerful sacrificial and proportional giving through the church in grateful response to God s goodness Christians do not claim any of their possessions as their own but manage all their resources including money time abilities and influence in generous ways that give glory to God They do not despise the poor but practice mutual aid within the church and share what they have with others in need God s people seek to embrace a lifestyle of simplicity and contentment Genesis 1 28 Leviticus 25 Deuteronomy 15 7 11 Psalm 24 1 Psalm 115 16 Proverbs 14 31 Amos 6 4 7 Malachi 3 6 10 Matthew 6 19 34 Matthew 25 14 30 Luke 6 38 Luke 12 13 21 Acts 2 42 47 Acts 4 32 37 I Corinthians 4 7 I Corinthians 16 2 II Corinthians 8 9 Galatians 6 7 Ephesians 4 28 I Timothy 6 6 10 I Timothy 17 19 James 2 1 7 15 16 James 5 1 6 I John 3 16 18 Jude 11 Article 15 Stewardship God s Creation Mandate We believe the universe and everything in it belong to God the Creator God has entrusted the care of the earth to all people who are responsible for managing its resources Good stewardship uses the earth s abundance to meet human need but resists

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    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 16 Work Rest and the Lord s Day As God rested on the seventh day people are called to observe regular times of rest Rest is an act of thankfulness for what God has provided It is an act of trust reminding humans that it is not their work but God who sustains them Rest is an act of hope anticipating the future rest assured by the resurrection of Jesus The Lord s Day Following the New Testament example believers gather to commemorate the resurrection of Christ on the first day of the week On the Lord s Day believers joyfully devote themselves to worship instruction in the Word prayer breaking of bread fellowship and service They limit their labor to work of necessity and deeds of mercy Genesis 1 26 2 3 Genesis 2 15 Genesis 3 14 19 Exodus 20 8 11 Leviticus 25 1 7 Deuteronomy 5 12 15 Psalm 46 10 Psalm 95 6 11 Ecclesiastes 3 13 Mark 2 23 3 6 Luke 24 1 36 Acts 2 42 47 Acts 20 7 Romans 14 5 10 I Corinthians 16 2 Ephesians 6 5 9 Colossians 2 16 17 Colossians 3 22 4 1 II Thessalonians 3 6 10 Hebrews 4 1 10 Hebrews 10 23 25 Revelation 1 10 Article 16 Work Rest and the Lord s Day As God rested on the seventh day people are called to observe regular times of rest Rest is an act of thankfulness for what God has provided It is an act of trust reminding humans that it is not their work but

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    of truth may be found in other religions Scripture warns against false teaching Christians treat people of other faiths and philosophies with respect but lovingly and urgently proclaim Christ as the only way of salvation for all peoples Sovereignty of God God loves the world and does not want anyone to perish In sovereign grace God may communicate with people in ways that are beyond human comprehension The Bible teaches that those who reject the gospel are under divine judgment the eternal destiny of those who have never heard the gospel is in God s hands Our task is to proclaim Christ as the only way of salvation to all people in all cultures The Judge of all the earth will do what is just Genesis 18 25 Psalm 19 2 4 Ecclesiastes 3 11 Isaiah 46 1 10 Isaiah 55 8 9 Ezekiel 33 1 20 Jonah 1 4 Matthew 8 5 13 Matthew 25 31 46 Matthew 28 18 20 Mark 7 24 30 Luke 9 51 56 Luke 12 47 48 John 1 12 John 3 16 36 John 4 8 42 John 12 12 26 John 14 6 Acts 1 8 Acts 4 12 Acts 10 1 8 Acts 34 36 Acts 14 16 17 Acts 17 22 31 Romans 1 18 24 Romans 2 1 16 Romans 10 9 21 Romans 11 33 35 I Corinthians 3 11 I Corinthians 12 3 I Timothy 2 4 5 II Peter 3 9 Revelation 20 15 Article 17 Christianity and Other Faiths Jesus Is the Only Way We believe that the saving grace of God in Jesus is the only means of reconciling humanity with God Although salvation is available to all only those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ have the assurance of

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