What We Believe


]We believe in one eternally existing Almighty God who has manifested Himself as Father,
    Son, and Holy Spirit, who is Creator of all things visible and invisible.
]We believe that God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures of the Old and New
    Testaments, the inspired, inerrant Word of God, and in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
]We believe that God created all things by and for His Son who upholds all things. He
    created man in His own image with free will, moral purity and the capability of communion
    with Himself.
]We believe that man by disobedience lost his fellowship with God which brought depravity
    and death upon the entire human race.
]We believe that man is utterly unable to free himself from the curse of sin and that Jesus
    Christ is the only Savior and Mediator between God and man.
]We believe that upon true repentance one is saved only by the grace of God through faith in
    the reconciling work of Jesus Christ.
]We believe the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, transforms believers into new persons in Christ,
    then guides, empowers, and protects those who belong to Him.
]We believe that the church is the body of Christ, the community of the redeemed, baptized
    by the Spirit and under the lordship of Christ.
]We believe Christ commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations.  We are also
    called to minister to the physical, social, and emotional needs of mankind, in ways
    appropriate to the body of Christ.
]We believe that Christ authorized the church to appoint and to ordain men as pastors and
    teachers who are responsible to serve as leaders under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and
    in obedience to the Word.
]We believe that water baptism is commanded by Christ as a symbol of Holy Spirit baptism
    and identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, the mode of pouring being
    symbolic of the pouring out of the Spirit upon those who believe.
]We believe that the Lord's Supper, which was instituted by Jesus Christ as a symbol of His
    broken body and shed blood, is intended to preserve the memory of His sacrifice and the
    promise of His return.
]We believe that the observance of the washing of the saints' feet, the holy kiss, and the
    right hand of fellowship are biblical expressions of love, equality, and service in the body
    of Christ.
]We believe that God created man and woman for specific roles and functions.  These are
    symbolized by the man's short hair and uncovered head, and by the woman's naturally long
    hair and veiled head when praying and prophesying.
]We believe that God instituted marriage to be the union of one man and one woman for life
    and that believers are to marry only in the Lord.
]We believe that followers of Christ are not to be conformed to the secular culture in which
    they live, but are to live in holiness and in obedience to Christ in every area of life,
    recognizing their bodies to be temples of the Holy Spirit.
]We believe that Christian commitment calls for honesty, integrity, and truthfulness, with no
    swearing of oaths or membership in secret societies or lodges.
]We believe it is the will of God for His children to show love that holds all human life
    sacred.  Therefore, participation in warfare, euthanasia, abortion, retaliation, revenge, and
    prejudice are forbidden for the believers.
]We believe that civil government is ordained of God to restrain evil and to maintain order in
    society.  Although Christians are citizens of the heavenly kingdom they will honor, obey,
    pray for, and pay tribute to civil government.
]We believe that there will be a bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust.  At the final
    judgment the wicked will go into everlasting punishment but the righteous will enter into the
    glorious kingdom of our God and Savior Jesus Christ who is KING of kings and LORD of
    lords!  Hallelujah! 


The above is summarized from the 1963 Mennonite Confession of Faith,
which may be read in its entirety by visiting Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online.