Theology

Mennonites are a group of Anabaptist denominations named after and influenced by the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons (1496-1561).  Mennonite theology emphasizes the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament.  Whenever there seems to be a disagreement between the two testaments, we use the motto: “When the Bible doesn’t agree, Jesus is the referee”.

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Jesus’ teaching is central to our beliefs.

We believe that because of sin (both wrong done and right left undone) all of us become separated from God. We encourage everyone to accept the forgiveness offered through Jesus and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to re-orient their lives to the teachings of Jesus.

We believe that as disciples of Jesus we are to relate to each other and to the world in the same loving and forgiving way that Jesus relates to us. By the power of the Holy Spirit we seek to continue the ministry of Jesus until he returns. Together we work to overcome evil, to live justly, and to be freed from the enslavement of lives focused on accumulation and self-preservation.

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We believe that following Jesus means living lives of service to others, loving our enemies, and refusing to use coercion or violence. Therefore, we are committed to nonviolence and pacifism. We strive to be peacemakers in a world filled with conflict and war.

We practice adult believers’ baptism as a symbol of the forgiveness of sins, the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and of becoming part of the body of Christ on earth—the church.

Central to Mennonite teaching is the belief that Jesus’ earthly life was lived as a model for how we are to live and that He established the church to be a visible local assembly that gathers regularly for worship, Bible study and encouragement in right living. Mennonites understand that being a Christian is a lived faith not simply the profession of a set of beliefs.

Some common questions about Mennonites are answered here.

And finally, a short video produced by Third Way Media:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B5vj6QouDc

A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA