What Mennonites Believe by John Christian Wenger

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We enter the state by our natural birth. We enter the church by the new birth. The state embraces all people, good and bad. The church is to be made up of those who are ''walking in the resurrection'' (as Michael Sattler, one Anabaptist leader, said it). The function of the state includes maintaining law and order. The function of the church is evangelism and Christian nurture. The state controls by law, by the sword, by the gun. The church depends upon the Word of God, the spiritual "sword," and the Spirit of God, to mold and guide its members.

The revelation of God began in the Old Testament and deepened with the coming of Jesus. The central message of the apostles of Jesus was that Jesus of Nazareth (who was crucified and resurrected about AD 30) was the Messiah or Christ. Christ is the Greek way of saying what is said by the Hebrew word for the Anointed one. The revelation of God through Jesus Christ given in the New Testament is final and complete. This means that God the Creator is also a God of revelation and redemptionthrough Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ is the Greek way of saying what is said by the Hebrew word for the Anointed one. The revelation of God through Jesus Christ given in the New Testament is final and complete. This means that God the Creator is also a God of revelation and redemptionthrough Jesus Christ our Lord. The Holy Spirit The redemption of God through Jesus Christ comes to individual men and women through the good work of God's Holy Spirit. As we read the Word of God or hear it preached, this Spirit helps us know we are sinners.

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