What We Believe

What We Believe

Confession of Faith

Members of Mennonite Church USA share a Mennonite or Anabaptist perspective on
matters of faith. It’s how we understand our commitment to following the way of Jesus Christ.

 
  • Following Jesus in daily life is a central value.
  • We believe that it is possible to follow Jesus as Lord above nationalism, racism or materialism.
  • We believe that it is possible to follow Jesus as a peacemaker. We believe that we can practice the way of                                Jesus’ reconciling love in human conflicts and warfare, without having to strike out in fear to defend ourselves.
  • We believe that we can live life simply and in service to others as a witness to God’s love for the world.

For more about what we believe, consider our Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective,
available here: 
http://mennoniteusa.org/confession-of-faith/


Mission Statement
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Vision Statement

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Membership Covenant                                                                                              

 
As members of the body of Christ at Franconia Mennonite Church, we have committed our lives to Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord; and expressed our faith in Him through believer’s baptism, in response to the grace of God.
As followers of Jesus, we look to the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit within the community of believers,
so that we may demonstrate the love of Jesus in all our relationships.  We affirm the Confession of Faith in a
Mennonite Perspective as the basis of our beliefs and teaching. 
 
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that
for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” – Philippians 3:12
 
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With the help of God and this community of faith, we covenant to practice together the following commitments:
 
We commit ourselves to a life of discipleship.
We desire to grow as followers of Jesus, giving ourselves to learning, repentance and obedience.
We will practice a life of prayer, Bible study, and thankfulness.
We strive to live with faithfulness and integrity in our daily lives and work,recognizing the need for watchfulness
   and godly choices.
We commit ourselves to a life of worship.
We meet together regularly to honor and glorify God, through songs, prayer, teaching, Bible study, fellowship,
   and other forms of worship.
We share the goodness and abundance of God’s riches through stewardship of our time, spiritual gifts,
   tithes and offerings – to further God’s    work in our congregation and bless others. 
We commit ourselves to a life of love.
We choose to be actively involved in fellowship groups within the congregation, where we can experience
   meaningful relationships, support, prayer and accountability.
We strive to keep the unity of the Spirit, by living in reconciled relationships, giving and receiving counsel,
   practicing forgiveness, and bearing each other’s burdens.
We practice hospitality by welcoming others into our lives and homes. 
We commit ourselves to a life of ministry.
We strive to be faithful witnesses for Christ, by our actions and words.
We desire to be ambassadors of Christ’s peace, in all areas of life. 
We recognize our interdependence with the larger body of Christ,by serving and reaching out to others,
   for building the Kingdom of God. 
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   If we struggle to uphold these commitments, we will contact a member of the Pastoral                                   
                Team or Spiritual Advisory Counsel. If we become regularly involved in another                             
                church family, we will transfer our membership to that congregation.
 
                                                                 ~ Affirmed by the Congregation, September 16, 2012