The Anabaptist Faith

Anabaptism is a biblical, Christian-faith movement that embraces the life, teachings, and witness of Jesus Christ and strives to embody these as normative in the everyday Christian walk. The emergence of this movement in the 16th century was also known as the "Radical Reformation" and a return to "Believers Church" understandings. Literally, the word "Anabaptism" means "re-baptism," a reference to the fact that the church baptizes persons who have chosen to be disciples of Jesus.

 

Discipleship--

Anabaptists believe that Jesus Christ not only came to preach 'good news' (gospel) but that Jesus began to live differently in the world and has asked us to follow in his radical footsteps. The 'good news' that Jesus proclaimed, taught, and lived out is something that we are invited to join. Anabaptists believe that the life and teachings of Jesus is something that he has invited us to emulate in our daily lives.

Community--

Anabaptists believe that discipleship, that is following the example of Jesus' life and teachings, can only be done with and through a community who together strives to embody this living witness. The community of believers--the Church--helps one another live out Jesus' teachings and examples while also keeping each other accountable. Anabaptists believe that the 'good news' (gospel) proclaimed by Jesus Christ witnesses to a social reality that can be and is embodied through the Church today. As such, Anabaptists believe that joining this community and deciding to become disciples of Jesus Christ requires a conscious, voluntary decision from each person.

Peace--

Anabaptists have from their beginning espoused a belief that those who follow Jesus Christ will embody and witness to peace. This commitment is demonstrated in how Anabaptists deal with conflict and differences within our broken world. Anabaptists believe that peace is at the heart of the Gospel and that the Church ought to witness this message of peace and reconciliation, as demonstrated through the life of Jesus Christ, in the world.

Alternative Politics--

Anabaptists believe that to make a conscientious decision to become part of the Church, one becomes a member of an alternative social body that lives differently in our world. Deciding to become a member of the Church means to embody an alternative way of being in the world, thus living out and following an alternative politic. Anabaptists strive to follow and embody the teachings of Jesus Christ which has an alternative political allegiance -- putting the Kingdom of God before other allegiances.

 

A Short History

The Anabaptist faith is rooted in the foundations of the Reformation. To learn more about the history of Anabaptism, click here.

Shared Convictions of the Mennonite World Conference

Anabaptist confessions of faith are shaped in local contexts that range from individual congregations to national church bodies. In 2006 the Mennonite World Conference completed a process of consultation with member churches around the world to formulate a statement of convictions that all its members hold in common..  more >>

Other Anabaptist Confessions of Faith

Anabaptist churches are non-creedal, though most would accept the historic Christian creeds like the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. Many of them have written confessions that express their faith for a particular time and setting.This page provides a list of some of the main confessions of faith of Anabaptist groups past and present.  more >>

Our Stories

The history of our Anabaptism is filled with epic stories of people who retained the courage of their convictions, even at great personal cost. We feature some of those stories here, that you may be strengthened and encouraged in your own witness.  more >>

The Gospel of Reconciliation and Christ's Way of Peace

At the heart of God’s intention for the world is the message of reconciliation: “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Reconciliation, peacemaking (Matthew 5:9), and promotion of justice (Amos 5:24) are God’s passion and God’s call to those who would follow Jesus.  more >>

Martyrs Mirror

Martyrs Mirror, the classic 1660 Dutch religious history, memorializes the godly lives and glorious deaths of thousands of early Christians, especially European Anabaptist martyrs between 1524 and 1660. The book shines a mirror on ordinary people who experienced a spiritual reality that few today can even imagine. Like the more famous Foxe's Book of Martyrs, this compilation attempts to trace the history of those through the centuries, beginning with the martyrdom of Christ's apostles, who were willing to stand alone for a simple, obedient faith. Read the full text on-line>>

Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online

The Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online is a marvelous resource for exploring the vibrant world of Anabaptism.  Go to GAMEO >>