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We Believe
  1. We believe in God, the all powerful and eternal creator of the universe. [Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Psalms 90:2: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.] We believe that God exists and reveals Himself in the persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, also called the Trinity. [Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.]

  2. We believe in the sinfulness of mankind. God created man and woman perfect, but they turned from Him into sin. Since then all men and women are sinful by nature, and need a Savior to deliver them from sin. Along with this, we believe that children are innocent until they are old enough to realize that they are sinners and are able to choose whether they will follow God or live in sin. [Genesis 2:16-17: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Romans 5:12: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.]
     
  3. We believe that God sent His Son, Jesus, to this world to die so that men would not need to die in their sins. We believe that Jesus was both God and man. He was perfect, and without sin, and so was able to die for us. [John 3:16-17: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.]
     
  4. We believe that God wants all men to be saved, no matter what race or culture they are from, or how sinful a life they might have lived. He will reject no one who comes to him sincerely for help and deliverance. Along with this, we believe that it is our responsibility to help as many people as possible find salvation. [1 Timothy 2:3-4: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.]
     
  5. We believe that the Bible is the message of God to men, and that it was perfect as God gave it. We also believe that God has protected His Word so that its message is still pure. We believe that the Old Testament contains the history of God’s people and has much good teaching about God. However, we also believe that the message of salvation is contained in the New Testament, and that we receive our direction for life from the New Testament. [2 Timothy 3:16-17: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.]
     
  6. We believe that true Christians will live holy lives, and obey the commands of the New Testament. Otherwise they will fall away from, or forfeit, salvation and become lost again. [2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.]
     
  7. We believe that Christians will, where ever possible, gather together with each other in a fellowship of believers. This church, as it is often called, will have enough organization to be able to obey Bible commands such as baptizing, having communion, and maintaining a pure and holy fellowship. The Bible calls the church the bride of Christ, and we want to be worthy of His love for us. [Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.]
     
  8. We believe that Christians will want to take part in baptism and holy communion. However,we do not believe that we are saved by these practices. Rather, they are a testimony of the Christian’s inner state along with other practices taught by the New Testatment. [Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26: For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.]
     
  9. We believe that God created marriage to be an intimate relationship between one man and one woman. God intends this relationship to last until either the husband or wife dies. Any intimate relationships outside such a union are unholy and sinful. [Mark 10:6-12 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.]
     
  10. We believe in the separation of church and state. Christians do not take part in government, and government should not regulate the spiritual lives of Christians. We pray for our governments, as the Bible teaches, but we do not try to force them do what we think they should. [John 18:36: Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Romans 13:1-7: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.]
     
  11. We believe that Jesus taught us not to resist evil persons with violence. Instead, we practice the Bible teaching of returning good for evil and praying for the salvation of our enemies. [Matthew 5:38-48 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.]
     
  12. We believe that God someday will judge everyone, and that we will spend eternity either in heaven or in hell fire. Only those who repent of their sins and seek salvation by following Christ will be able to go to heaven. [Matthew 25:31-46: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.]
Communion and baptism are part of a list of seven spiritual ceremonies which also include marriage [Romans 7:2-3], the Christian woman’s head covering [1 Corinthians 11:1-16], the holy kiss [Romans 16:16], feet washing [John 13:1-17] and anointing with oil [James 5:13-16].
    FAQ

"Who are you? I have never heard of an Anabaptist Church."
The Anabaptist movement began in Switzerland in the early 1500’s, along with the Protestant reformation. Many people believed that the Protestant reformers did not go far enough in their attempts to start Biblical Christian churches. This was especially true in two areas. First, the reformers did not practice the separation of church and state. Second, they did not teach believer’s baptism, but retained the practice of infant baptism.

Because of these concerns, a group of people called Anabaptists withdrew their support from the Protestant reformation and began a separate group. Since then, Anabaptist groups have been known by various names, such as Mennonites and Amish. Not all Mennonites and Amish still hold to the historic Anabaptist faith, which is summarized in "We Believe"

"Do you think you have to be Anabaptist or Mennonite to be a real Christian?"
Absolutely not. Anabaptist groups are careful about relationships with other Christian churches; but we feel spiritual oneness with all who believe on Jesus and obey Him regardless of what their denomination or location is. We feel no obligation to judge others; our only obligation is to be faithful to our Lord Jesus.

"This all sounds good, but what are Anabaptists like in real life?"
Anabaptists and conservative Mennonites are people — people that make mistakes, people that say things that may best be left unsaid, people that sometimes think they are right when they aren't. However, those Anabaptists who share the values of anabaptistfaith.com are committed to holiness and discipleship.

We can't tell you whether or not you will be disappointed with Anabaptists in real life, but our suggestion is that you get in touch with a local body of believers (contact us to locate one) and see if they are living for Jesus.

Do keep in mind that Anabaptist churches vary very much from church to church. Also, there are churches that claim Anabaptism but have merged with mainstream Protestants, or also have become isolated, ultra-formal groups that have lost the life-changing message of new birth and loving discipleship. Anabaptistfaith.com does not attempt to speak for either type of group.

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