New PDF release: An Invitation to Faith

By John A. Hostetler

ISBN-10: 0836113810

ISBN-13: 9780836113815

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God spoke to Menno Simons, a sixteenth-century pastor, one morning while Menno was conducting mass in his church. He was suddenly overtaken with the conviction that he was a wretched, sinful person, living a life of ease and pleasure in disobedience to God. He searched Page 13 the Bible and found this to be true. He longed and prayed for peace in his heart, and he gave his life to God. God used Menno to gather multitudes into His kingdom and he was one of the spiritual forerunners of the so-called modern free churches.

No one can exercise this kind of love through human strength. It is possible only as we receive from God His gift of peace and love. If we daily experience His love, then we can daily love other people with the same kind of forbearing love. You see, baptism is only the beginning of a walk with God. Accepting Christ is the start of a journey and not the end. The Christian life is not a series of up-and-down crises but a walk with God. People today need the love of God in their lives. They need to love each other as God loves them.

From the time of the very earliest Christians, people have been baptized in several different ways. The Mennonite Church, whose "distinctive practices" are described elsewhere in the following pages, baptize by pouring water on the head of the applicant. There are, however, other Mennonite bodies who baptize in different ways. The Mennonite fellowship is intended to be a church of believers. All bodies of Mennonites constitute a small part of the total body of Christendom. We share in, and profit from, the general spiritual heritage of all Christians, but we hold principles which at various times have been put aside by other Christian bodies.

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