Anabaptists -- pursuing historic Christian faith and practice


  • Reformation-era Christians who rejected infant baptism.
  • Enemies called them anabaptists -- "re-baptizers."
  • Zealous to restore the true church on an Apostolic model.
  • Radical Reformers who considered all state churches beyond reformation.
  • Include Amish, Beachy, Hutterites, and Mennonites.
What Is an Anabaptist?

Some distinctive beliefs

  • Adult believer's baptism
  • Church discipline
  • Separation from the world
  • Non-resistance, non-violence
  • No oath-taking
  • The priesthood of the believer
  • The brotherhood and community of the church
  • The Bible as final authority for faith and practice
The Schleitheim Confession

Who are the Mennonites?

  • Originally so called because of one of their early leaders, Menno Simons
  • One of the main groups of Anabaptists
  • Not a single, monolithic group in doctrine and life
  • As diverse as most Protestant groups
  • The Amish a break-away group
Who Are the Mennonites?
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