|Our Christ-Centered Faith||J. C. Wenger|
This excellent handbook on the practical aspects of the Christian faith presents a brief summary of New Testament teaching on a Christ-centered faith which is enlightened and empowered by the Holy Spirit and results in obedient living.
After a short historical introduction of the Christian faith from the early disciples to the present, the author presents three aspects of faith: Christ's Word, Christ's Church, and Christ's Lordship. Each section is presented from the historical perspective of the Anabaptist-Mennonite free church tradition.
From the author's foreword...
In this booklet I have attempted to set forth clearly and succinctly some of the major doctrinal emphases of the New Testament as understood in the Free Church tradition -- commonly called the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. I have relied on such major interpreters of the sixteenth century as Conrad Grebel of Switzerland, Michael Sattler of South Germany, Pilgram Marpeck of the Tirol, Obbe and Dirck Philips of Friesland, and the Frisian Menno Simons who served largely in what is now North Germany.
One cannot understand the Anabaptists unless he realizes that they sought only to direct all men not to their own ideas and concepts, but to Christ and His Spirit-led apostles -- that is, to the writings of the New Testament. The Free Churchmen made wide use of the Old Testament, to be sure, but they interpreted even Moses and the prophets christologically. They would have endorsed Augustine's aphorism: "The New is in the Old contained; the Old is by the New explained."
Those who wish to read further are directed to the four-volume work, The Mennonite Encyclopedia, and the literature cited at the close of each article. Here one may read on any doctrine or leader, on any major city, province, or land related to the Free Church tradition.
In the spirit of the sixteenth-century Anabaptists, I sincerely appeal to the reader to test what I have written for its faithfulness to the teaching of the New Testament, and to accept only that which rings true to Christ and His Word.
32 pages. Paper. Biblical Viewpoints Publications.
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