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An Introduction to Knowing and Living Your Faith
On Christian doctrinal matters, the Mennonite Brethren have stressed that their beliefs are to be found in Scripture. Confessions of faith have been strongly bibliocentric.
In an effort to unify the churches in the ICOMB orbit , a group consisting of 18 conferences in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Asia, the leadership team of ICOMB produced a confession of faith in 2004. This statement of Christian belief was unanimously accepted by all of the ICOMB member conferences.
Later, the executive of ICOMB commissioned the preparation of a study guide for the confession of faith. Such a booklet was to help members of local churches gain a better understanding of their faith foundations. The Study guide should be a guide both for belief and for practical living. . Professors Elmer A. Martens and Peter J. Klassen, both from Fresno, California, were chosen as editors.
The 130 page book, Knowing and Living Your Faith: A Study of the Confession of Faith (International Community of Mennonite Brethren), has 11 chapters written by 16 leaders from seven different countries. The chapters, written from an Anabaptist orientation, deal with the over-riding story of God’s redemption and how God works in the world, and with the covenant people of God, their way of life, their mission and their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus as reconciler and peace-maker. Churches are encouraged to make use of this resource, especially during 2010, the 150th anniversary of the beginnings of the Mennonite Brethren church.
The editors have included suggestions for using the Study Guide, which eventually will be available in the following languages. English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Lingala, Kikongo, Telegu and Japanese, and possibly Russian.
English copies are available in Canada from:
1320 Taylor Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3Y1
and in USA from:
PO Box 421
Goessel KS 67053.
1-800-545-7322 ext 305
Copies in other languages may be requested from the national office of the church, or other designated source identified in other countries.