An Invitation to Faith by John A. Hostetler

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We thank God for governments that recognize Christian conscience, and we are grateful for the opportunity to give constructive work to our country and to mankind. Distinctive Practices Many people know the Mennonites as a people adhering to traditional practices. They know us by our different dress, our family names, and Page 34 distinctive practices, but have never experienced Christian fellowship with us. All Christian groups claim to teach the fundamentals of the Gospel. They differ in emphasis and application.

Since baptism and choosing a fellowship of Christians is a very important step, pray that God will guide you. You will want to find a church that follows the teachings of Jesus most completely. There are several standards to look for in choosing a church. One important standard is believers' baptism. Page 25 Believers' baptism means that only people who sincerely believe, confess Christ, and repent of their sins are baptized. " The Bible nowhere teaches that baptism should come first, and that after it one should believe.

But every- Page 10 where you turn there is a different answer. There are questions which seem to have no answer. If Christianity is the answer, then why are there so many denominations? There are no fewer than 258 denominations in the United States, according to a recent count. There are many denominations, we are told because in this land we enjoy religious liberty People are free to think for themselves and to worship as they will. Even so, many never find a satisfying religious life. And many who join a church to find meaning in life are disappointed.

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