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This state of Christian doctrine and discipline
has been prepared in the fear of God with a deep burden for the proper
application of the unchanging principles of the Word of God.
We believe that Gods children will grow in their appreciation for
a Biblically discipline church with a statement of Christian doctrine
and application that will assist them in more fully conforming to Gods
ways and be a safeguard against the constant pressures and temptations
toward worldly accommodations. To this end the following document has
been prepared and is presented for acceptance by the membership and for
the benefit of interested persons. A discipline reviewing committee reviewed
and prepared this document for consideration and adoption by the Body
ARTICLES OF FAITH
OF THE WORD OF GOD
We believe in the plenary and verbal inspiration of the Bible as the
Word of God; that it is authentic in its matter, authoritative in its
counsels, inerrant in the original writings, and the only infallible rule
of faith and practice. Ex. 4:12; II Sam. 23:2; Ps. 12:6; 119:160; Jer.
1:9l Mt. 5:18; 24:35; II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20, 21.
OF THE EXISTENCE AND NATURE OF GOD
We believe that there is but one God, eternal, infinite, perfect, and
unchangeable, who exists and reveals Himself in three persons - Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit. Duet.6:4; Ps. 90:2; Gen. 17:1; Ps 147:5; 139:7-12;
Isa 40:28; 57:15; Mal. 3:6; Gen 1:2; Heb. 1:8.
OF THE CREATION
We believe that the Genesis account of the Creation is a historic fact
and literally true. Gen. 1:1,21,27; Ex. 20:11; Mk. 10:6-9; Heb. 1:10;
4:4; Heb. 11:3.
OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created by an immediate act of God: In His own
image and after His likeness; that by one act of disobedience he became
sinful in his nature, spiritually dead, subject to physical death and
to the power of the devil, from which fallen condition he was unable to
save himself. Gen.1:26, 27, 16, 17; 3:1-7; Eph. 2:1-3, 12; Jno 6:44; Rom.
OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, that He was
conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin-the perfect Godman;
that He was without sin... Making the only adequate atonement for sine
by the shedding of His blood, thus reconciling man to God; that He was
raised from the dead, ascended to glory and ever liveth to make
intercession for us. Jno. 1:1, 14, 18; Heb. 1:8; 13:8; Gen. 3:15;
Isa. 7:15; Lk. 1:35; Mt. 1:20-25; Isa. 53:5, 6; II Cor. 5:14, 21; Gal.
3:13; I Pet. 2:22, 24; 3:18; Rom. 5:8-10; Mt. 28:6; Acts 2:24; 10:39-41;
17:31; I Cor. 15:20; Acts 1:11; Eph. 1:19, 20; Rev. 1:18; Col. 3:1; Heb.
6:20; I Jno. 2:1, 2; Heb. 7:25.
We believe that man is saved alone by grace through faith in the finished
work of Christ that he is justified from all things on the ground of His
shed blood; that through the new birth he becomes a child of God, partaker
of eternal life, and blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Eph.
2:8 Rom. 3:20-26; Acts 13:38, 39; Jno. 1:12, 13; 3:4, 8, 16; 5:24; Eph.
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that He
convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment; that He indwells
and comforts the believer, guides him into all truth, empowers for service
and enables him to live a life of righteousness. Acts 5:3,4; II Cor. 3:3,
17; Jno 16:7, 8, 13; I Cor. 3:16; Gal. 4:6; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:1-4.
We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to know that they
have passed from death unto life; that God is able to keep them from falling,
but that the obedience of faith is essential to the maintenance of one's
salvation and growth in grace. I Jno. 3:14; 5:13; Rom. 8:16; II Cor. 12:9;
Jude 24, 25; Rom. 16:25, 26; 1:5; Gal. 3:11; Jno. 8:31; II Pet. 1:5-11.
OF THE CHURCH
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, composed of all those
who through repentance toward God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
have been born again and were baptized by one Spirit into one Body, and
that it is her divinely appointed mission to preach the gospel to every
creature, teaching obedience to all His commandments. Mt. 15:18; Eph.
1:23; Col 1:18; Acts 20:21; Lk. 24:47; Acts 17:30; 16:31; Gal. 3:26; I
Cor. 12:13; Mt. 28:19, 20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8.
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to a life of separation
from the world and its follies, sinful practices, and methods; further
that it is the duty of the Church to keep herself aloof from all movements
which seek the reformation of society independent of the merits of the
death of Christ and the experiences of the new birth. I Pet. 2:9; Tit.
2:11-14;2:15; Mt. 28:19, 20; 18:15-18; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 13:17; Acts
We believe that the Lord has vested the Church with authority in accordance
with Scriptural teaching: (1) to choose officials, (2) to regulate the
observance of ordinances, (3) to exercise wholesome discipline, and (4)
to organize and conduct her work in a manner consistent with her high
calling and essential to her highest efficiency. Acts 6:1-6; 13:1-3; II
Tim. 2:2; Tit. 1:5-9; 2:15; Mt. 28:19-20; 18:15-18; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb.
13:17; Acts 14:21-23; 1:15-26.
We believe that Christian baptism should be administered upon confession
of faith; that the Lord's Supper should be observed as a memorial of His
death by those of like precious faith who have peace with god; that feet
washing as an ordinance should be literally observed by all believers;
that Christian women praying or prophesying should have their heads covered;
that the salutation of the holy kiss should be duly and appropriately
observed by all believers; that anointing with oil should be administered
to the sick who call for it in faith; that marriage between one man and
woman is a divine institution dissoluble only by death, that on the part
of a Christian it should be only in the Lord and that consistency
requires that the marriage relation be entered only by those of like precious
faith. Lk. 22:19-20. 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Acts 2:39; 8:12; 18:8; Jno. 13:1-7;
1 Cor. 11:2-16; 16:20; Jas. 5:14-16; Mk. 10:6-12; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:39;
We believe that all Christians should honor, pray for, and pay tribute
to, and obey in all things those who are in authority in state and nation,
provided however, that should instances arise in which such obedience
would violate the higher law of godwe ought to obey God, rather
than mane, that Church and State are separate, and while believers
are to be subject o, they are not a part of the civil, administrative
powers; that it is contrary to the teachings of Christ and the apostles
to engage in carnal warfare; that Christians should adorn themselves
in modest apparel ... not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly
array; that the swearing of oaths is forbidden in the New Testament
Scriptures; that secret orders are antagonistic to the tenor and spirit
of the Gospel; and that life insurance is inconsistent with the filial
trust in the he providence and care of our heavenly Father. 1 Pet. 2:13,
14, 17; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1, 2; Acts 5:29; Mt. 22:21; Mk. 10:42-44;
Jno. 18:36; 2 Cor. 10:4; 1 Tim 2:9, 10; 1 Pet 3:3-5; Mt. 5:34-37; Jas.
5:12; Jno. 18:20; Eph. 5:11, 12; ! Jno 3:17; Gal. 6:10; Jer. 49:11; Eph..
We believe that the later days will be characterized by general lawlessness
and departure from the faith; that on the part of the world iniquity
shall abound; and evil men shall wax worse and worse; that
on the part of the Church there will be a falling away and the love
of many shall wax cold; that false teachers shall abound, both deceiving
and being deceived and further, that present conditions indicate that
we are now living in these perilous times. I Tim. 4:1, 2; Rom. 16:17,18;
II Tim. 2:1-5, 13; II Peter 2:1, 2, 10; Mt. 24:11, 12; II Thes. 2:3.
OF THE RESURRECTION
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and in the bodily
resurrection of all men, both of the just and the unjust-of the just to
the resurrection of life, and of the unjust to the resurrection of condemnation.
Jno. 20:20, 24-29; Lk. 24:30, 31; I Cor. 15:42-44; Acts 24; Jno. 5:28,
29; I Cor. 15:20-23.
OF THE COMING OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal, imminent coming of our Lord as the blessed
hope of the believer; that we who are alive and remain, together with
the dead in Christ who will be raised, shall be caught up to meet the
Lord in the he air and thus ever be with the Lord, Jno. 14:2, 3 Acts 1:11;
Mt. 24-44; Heb. 10:37; Tit. 2:11-13; I Thes. 4:13-18.
OF THE INTERMEDIATE STATE
We believe that in the interval between death and resurrection, the
righteous will be with Christ in a state of conscious bliss and comfort,
but that the wicked will be in a place of torment, in a state of conscious
suffering and despair. Lk. 16:19-31; 23:43; Phil. 1:23; II Cor. 5:1-8;
I Thes. 5:10; II Pet. 2:9
Prepared by the Committee on Fundamentals. Adopted by the Twelfth Mennonite
General Conference, meeting near Garden City, Missouri, August 24-26, 1921,
Proceedings, pp. 25-27.