What We Believe
Jesus is not only our Savior but also our teacher and guide. A key Scripture for Mennonites is the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus explains how his followers should think and act. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives Christians the power to live in a Christlike way. As the 16th-century Anabaptist Hans Denck said,
“No one can know Christ unless he [or she] follows after him in life.
We should read Scripture as Jesus did. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus placed his teachings above all others when he repeated the phrase, “You have heard that is was said… , but I say to you, …” So if the words and example of Jesus conflict with a verse in the Old Testament or Epistles, we follow Jesus.