BRIEF STATEMENT OF MENNONITE DOCTRINE
This is a summary statement primarily based on the Mennonite Confession of Faith adopted by Mennonite General Conference in 1963.
1. We believe in one God eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
9. We believe that Christ commissioned the church to go into all the world, making disciples of all the nations, and ministering to every human need.
10. We believe it is the will of God that there should be ministers to teach the Word, to serve as leaders, to administer the ordinances, to lead the church in the exercise of discipline, and to serve as pastors and teachers.
11. We believe that those who repent and believe should be baptized with water as a symbol of baptism with the Spirit, cleansing from sin, and commitment to Christ.
12. We believe that the church should observe the communion of the Lord’s Supper as a symbol of His broken body and shed blood, and of the fellowship of His church, until His return.
13. We believe in the washing of the saints’ feet as a symbol of brotherhood, cleansing, and service, and in giving the right hand of fellowship as symbols of Christian love.
14. We believe that God has established unique rules for men and women in the church and in the home.
15. We believe that Christian marriage is intended by God to be the union of one man and one woman for life, and that Christians shall marry only in the Lord.
16. We believe that Christians are not to be conformed to the world, but should seek to conform to Christ in every area of life.
17. We believe that Christians are to be open and transparent in life, ever speaking the truth, and employing no oaths.
18. We believe that it is the will of God for Christians to refrain from force and violence in human relations and to show Christian love to all men.
19. We believe that the state is ordained of God to maintain order in society, and that Christians should honor rulers, be subject to authorities, witness to the state, and pray for governments.
20. We believe that at death the unsaved enter into everlasting punishment and the saved into conscious bliss with Christ, who is coming again, and will raise the dead, sit in judgment, and bring in God’s everlasting kingdom.