Beliefs

AS A MENNONITE CONGREGATION, part of theAtlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, our beliefs are guided by the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective (1995). Below, you’ll find a simplified version of what we share together as faith.

WE BELIEVE IN GOD
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God who spoke the universe into existence, the God who delivered Israel from captivity and into the promised land, the God who was reconciling the world to himself through Christ.

WE FOLLOW JESUS
We believe that Jesus was the fullest expression of God’s character. As His disciples, we seek to emulate His life, follow His teachings, obey His example, identify with His death, and celebrate His resurrection.

WE ARE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
As sent people seeking to be faithful to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, we recognize that we constantly need the power, strength, and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

WE ARE GUIDED BY SCRIPTURE
God speaks to His people through His inspired word. As a community of faith, we are each challenged to study God’s word and be transformed to the likeness of Christ through it. We interpret scripture communally, believing that God speaks most clearly to the gathered assembly of His church.

WE HOPE FOR SALVATION
God, through Christ, extends to us the promise of salvation, rescuing us from our sin and selfishness and giving us the hope of eternal life. We cannot and do not earn our salvation, but receive it as a free gift from God.

WE SEEK PEACE
Scripture teaches us that the world was created in peace and will return to peace. As Christ’s ambassadors, we work for peace in our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, and our world. As disciples of Christ, we renounce violence, forsake revenge, and continually seek to turn the other cheek.

WE BAPTIZE BELIEVERS
The term “Anabaptist” literally means “rebapatizers.” Because we believe the church is the voluntary gathering of those seeking to follow Christ, we do not baptize infants. Instead, we baptize those who made a voluntary declaration of faith.

WE SPEAK TRUTHFULLY
Christ teaches us to simply let our “yes” mean “yes,” and our “no” mean “no.” Following this teaching, we seek to speak truthfully to each other. We also avoid swearing oaths.

WE BELONG TO THE KINGDOM
“Our citizenship,” the Apsotle Paul tells us, “is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” For this reason, we firmly believe that our hope rests not in political power nor political party, but in the Kingdom of God, which is bursting forth all around us. We seek to be faithful citizens of the Kingdom in the way we speak, the way we act, and the way we live.

Beliefs