The ministry of reconciliation is the heart of the gospel. Jesus calls all people to be reconciled with God and each other. We believe that the church, as the body of Christ, is called to continue that ministry of reconciliation with all people, including enemies whom Jesus said to love and pray for. For that reason, most Mennonites reject military service and the “myth of redemptive violence” found in most justifications for participating in war.
As the body of Christ, we believe Christians are to be his hands and feet in the world. Disaster relief, voluntary service programs, and raising funds through relief sales are some ways that Mennonites live out service to others.
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.
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me
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