First Mennonite Church of Morton

Mennonite Beliefs


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We are:


Christian

We believe that salvation is only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God the Father.


Anabaptist

Our European ancestors were nicknamed 'rebaptizers' because they more radical during the Protestant Reformation and stressed believer's baptism and an active confession of faith.

Menno-nite

Our name comes from Menno Simons, 16th century priest, who left the Roman Catholic church and gave direction to Anabaptists in Europe.

Mennonites are NOT:

  • AMISH | which come from a similar heritage but dress plainly, shun technology, remain closed to the outside world


Our shared vision in the MC USA denomination

God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God's healing and hope flow through us to the world.


8 MARKS OF MENNONITES


 

1. BELIEVER'S BAPTISM

We believe that Christian baptism is for those who confess their sins, repent, accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and commit themselves to follow Christ in obedience as members of His body, both giving and receiving care and counsel in the church.

from ARTICLE 11

2. NONVIOLENCE

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we do not prepare for war, or participate in war or military service.  The same Spirit that empowered Jesus also empowers us to love enemies, to forgive rather than to seek revenge, to practice right relationships, to rely on the community of faith to settle disputes, and to resist evil without violence.

from ARTICLE 22

3. The Lord's Supper

We believe the sharing of the bread and cup re-presents the presence of the risen Christ in the church.  All are invited to the Lord's table who have been baptized into the community of faith, are living at peace with God and with their brothers and sisters in the faith, and are willing to be accountable in their congregation.

from ARTICLE 12

4. Global Mission

We believe that the church is called to see the lost, call for repentant, announce salvation from sin, proclaim the gospel of peace, set free the oppressed, pray for righteousness and justice, serve as Jesus did, and without coercion urge all people to become part of the people of God.  The mission of the church does not require the protection of any nation or empire.  Christians are strangers and aliens within all cultures.  Yet the church itself is God's nation, encompassing people who have come from every tribe and nation.

from ARTICLE 10

5. Shared Leadership

We believe Christ invites all Christians to minister to each other in the church and on behalf of the church beyond its boundaries.  The confirmation of the call to a particular ministry (like missions, preaching or counseling) is a sign of mutual accountability between the church and its chosen representative.  In making decisions, members of the church listen and speak in a spirit of prayerful openness, with the Scriptures as a constant guide.

from ARTICLES 15 & 16

6. Stewardship

We believe we are called to care for the earth and to bring rest and renewal to the land and everything that lives on it.  As stewards of money and possessions, we are to live simply, practice mutual aid within the church, uphold economic justice, and give generously and cheerfully. 

We are to treat our bodies as God's temples, rather than allowing addictive behaviors to take hold.  True faith means chastity and loving faithfulness to marriage vows, rather than the distortion of sexual relationships, contrary to God's intention.


from ARTICLES 21 & 17

7. Non-conformity

We believe that conformity to Christ necessarily implies non-conformity to the world.  True faith in Christ means willingness to do the will of God, rather than will pursuit of individual happiness.  True faith means seeking first the reign of God in simplicity, rather than pursing materialism.  True faith means honest affirmation of the truth, rather than reliance on oaths to guarantee our truth telling.

from ARTICLE 17

8. The Reign of God

We believe that the church is called to live now according to the model of the future reign of God.  Thus, we are given a foretaste of the kingdom that God will one day establish in full.  The church is to be a spiritual, social, and economic reality, demonstrating now the justice, righteousness, love and peace of the age to come.

from ARTICLE 24


Confession of Faith

Read more about the shared Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective (1995).