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.

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English Text

By the grace of God, we seek to live and proclaim the good news of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. As part of the one body of Christ at all times and places, we hold the following to be central to our belief and practice:

1. God is known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Creator who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling a people to be faithful in fellowship, worship, service and witness.

2. Jesus is the Son of God. Through his life and teachings, his cross and resurrection, he showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offers eternal life.

3. As a church, we are a community of those whom God’s Spirit calls to turn from sin, acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, receive baptism upon confession of faith, and follow Christ in life.

4. As a faith community, we accept the Bible as our authority for faith and life, interpreting it together under Holy Spirit guidance, in the light of Jesus Christ to discern God’s will for our obedience.

5. The Spirit of Jesus empowers us to trust God in all areas of life so we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need.

6. We gather regularly to worship, to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and to hear the Word of God in a spirit of mutual accountability.

7. As a world-wide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God’s grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

In these convictions we draw inspiration from Anabaptist forebears of the 16th century, who modeled radical discipleship to Jesus Christ. We seek to walk in his name by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we confidently await Christ’s return and the final fulfillment of God’s kingdom.

Adopted by Mennonite World Conference
General Council
Pasadena, California (USA)
March 15, 2006

Afrikaans Teks

Deur die genade van God poog ons om die goeie nuus van versoening deur Jesus Christus uit te leef en te verkondig. As deel van die één liggaam van Christus, ten alle tye en te alle plekke, beskou ons die onderstaande as die kern van die uitlewing van ons geloof:

1. God is vir ons Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees; die Skepper wat die gevalle mensdom wil herstel deur ‘n volk te roep wat deur hul gemeenskap met mekaar, hul aanbidding, bediening en getuienis, hom getrou sal wees.

2. Jesus is die Seun van God. Deur sy leer en lewe, kruis en opstanding, het hy nie alleen vir ons aangedui hoe om getroue dissipels te wees nie, maar het ook die wêreld verlos en bied ons die ewige lewe aan.

3. As kerk, is ons ‘n gemeenskap wat deur die Gees van God geroep word om weg te draai van die sonde, Jesus Christus as Heer te erken, die belydenisdoop te ontvang en om Christus in ons lewe te volg.

4. As geloofsgemeenskap, in beide geloof en lewe aanvaar ons die Bybel as gesag, wat ons dan saam onder die leiding van die Heilige Gees en in die lig van Jesus Christus uitlê, ten einde ‘n insig van God se wil rakende ons gehoorsaamheid te verkry.

5. Die Gees van Jesus stel ons in staat om God in elke deel van ons lewe te vertrou, sodat ons vredemakers word wat geweld afsweer, ons vyande liefhet, geregtigheid nastreef en ons besittings met die behoeftiges deel.

6. Ons kom gereeld saam vir aanbidding, om die Nagmaal te vier en om die Woord van God in ‘n gees van gesamentlike aanspreeklikheid aan te hoor.

7. As wêreldwye geloofs- en lewensgemeenskap, gaan ons die grense van nasionaliteit, ras, klas, geslag en taal te bowe. Ons streef daarna om in die wêreld te woon, sonder om met die bose magte ooreen te stem, om van die genade van God te getuig deur andere te dien, om vir die omgewing om te gee en om alle mense te nooi om Christus as Verlosser en Here te leer ken.

Ons oortuiging word geïnspireer deur die Anabaptistiese voorsate van die 16e eeu, wat Jesus Christus as toonbeeld vir hul radikale dissipelskap gebruik het. Ons strewe is om deur die krag van die Heilige Gees in Sy naam te wandel, terwyl ons met volvertroue wag op die wederkoms van Christus en die finale volbrenging van die koninkryk van God.

Aanvaar deur die Algemene Raad van die Mennonitiese Wêreldkonferensie
Pasadena, Kalifornië (VSA)
15 Maart, 2006

isiXhosa

Ngobabalo lukaThixo sifuna ukuhlala sivakalisa iindaba ezilungileyo zebuyambo kuYesu Kristu. Njengenxalenye yomzimba omnye kaKrestu ngamaxesha onke nakwiindawo zonke, sibambelele kwezi zinto zilandelayo, njengoyena ndoqo kukholo nezenzo zethu:

1. UThixo simazi njengoYise, uNyana noMoya Oyingcwele, uMdali ofuna ukubuyisela abantu abawileyo ngokubabizela ekuthini banyaniseke kubudlelwane, unqulo, inkonzo, nobungqina.

2. UYesu unguNyana kaThixo. Ngobomi neemfundiso zakhe, umnqamlezo nokuvuka kwakhe, wasibonisa ukuba singaba ngabafundi abanyanisekileyo njani, wasindisa ilizwe, yaye usinika ubomi obungunaphakade.

3. Njengebandla singabantu abanye, abo uMoya kaThixo obabizela ekubeni baguquke esonweni, bamvume uYesu Krestu njengeNkosi, bamkele ubhaptizo ukuvakalisa ukholo lwabo, baze balandele uKrestu ebomini.

4. Njengabantu benkolo, siyayamkela iBhayibhile njengegunya lokholo nobomi kuthi; siyitolike kunye phantsi kwesikholelo soMoya oyiNgcwele, ngokokhanyiselo lukaYesu Krestu olusicacisela intando kaThixo kwintobeko yethu.

5. Umoya kaYesu usinika amandla okuthemba uThixo kuzo zonke iinkalo zobomi ukuze sibe ngabaxolelanisi abangahambisaniyo nobundlobongela, sizithande iintshaba zethu, sifune ubulungisa, sabelane ngezinto esinazo nabo badingayo.

6. Simana ukuhlangana rhoqo sinqule, sikhumbule iSidlo seNkosi, siphula-phule iLizwi likaThixo sinomoya woxanduva olulinganayo.

7. Njengabantu abanye elukholweni nasebomini elizweni ngokubanzi, sidlulela ngaphaya kwemida yobuzwe, ubuhlanga, umgangatho wentlalo, isini nolwimi. Sifuna ukuphila elizweni ngaphandle kokuthobela amagunya ongendawo, singqina ubabalo lukaThixo ngokukhonza abanye, sikhathalela indalo, yaye simemela bonke abantu ekumazini uYesu Krestu njengoMsindisi neNkosi.

Kwezi nkolelo sifumana inkuthazo kwi-Anabaptists ezingaphambili zenkulungwane yeshumi elinesithandathu, ezakhomba indlela engagungqiyo yokuba ngabafundi bakaYesu. Sifuna ukuhamba egameni lakhe ngamandla oMoya oyiNgcwele, njengoko silinde ithemba eliqinileyo lokubuya kukaKrestu nokuzalisekiswa kokugqibela kobuKumkani bukaThixo.