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of Mennonite Doctrine, 1963
is a summary statement based on the Mennonite Confession of Faith
adopted by Mennonite General Conference In 1963. For a fuller
statement see the full Mennonite Confession
We believe in one God eternally
existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures of
the Old and New Testaments, the inspired Word of God, and supremely
in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that in the beginning God created all things by His
Son. He made man in the divine image, with free will, moral character,
and a spiritual nature.
We believe that man fell into sin, bringing depravity and death
upon the race; that as sinner, man is self-centered and self-willed,
unwilling and unable to break with sin.
We believe that there is one Mediator between God and men, the
Man Christ Jesus, who died to redeem us from sin and arose for
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ,
a free gift bestowed by God on those who repent and believe.
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, effects the
new birth, gives guidance in life, empowers for service, and
enables perseverance in faith and holiness.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, the brotherhood
of the redeemed, a disciplined people obedient to the Word of
God, and a fellowship of love, intercession, and healing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and the holy kiss as symbols of Christian
We believe that God has established unique roles for man and
woman, symbolized by man's bared head in praying and prophesying,
and by woman's veiled head.
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.
We believe that Christians are not to be conformed to the world,
but should seek to conform to Christ in every area of life.
We believe that Christians are to be open and transparent in
life, ever speaking the truth, and employing no oaths.
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.
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.
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.
Adopted by Mennonite General Conference, August 22, 1963, Kalona,
Iowa. Reports, pp. 19-29. This confession was subsequently
published by Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa.
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