What follows here are the articles of faith to which we subscribe. These are the foundational beliefs of our faith and practice.
Articles of Faith
Adopted August 16, 1995
The Anabaptist forefathers in Europe wrote several confessions of faith, one of the best being the Dordrecht Confession adopted at Dordrecht, Holland in 1632. In 1921, Mennonite General Conference adopted a Confession of Faith consisting of eighteen articles, which is regarded as a restatement of the Dordrecht Confession. In an effort to maintain scriptural unity in doctrine and practice according to 1 Cor. 1:10 and Eph. 4:13, we, the members of Wellspring Mennonite Church, have added certain specific interpretations and applications in italics.
ARTICLE I – Of the Word of God
We believe in the plenary and verbal inspiration of the Bible as the Word of God; that it is authentic in its matter, authoritative in its counsels, inerrant in the original writings, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We pledge our allegiance to its teachings by being faithful in the study of God’s Word and in prayer and thus seek to create a love and respect for it in our homes both in private and family devotions. In so doing we will find the answers to our problems and directions for our lives in its doctrines and principles.
Ex. 4:12; II Sam. 23:2; Psa. 12:6; 119:160; Jer. 1:9; Mat. 5:18; 24:35; II Tim. 3:16;
II Pet. 1:20, 21; II Tim. 2:15; Gal. 1:8, 9; John 5:39; Prov. 22:6.
ARTICLE II – Of the Existence and Nature of God
We believe that there is but one God eternal, infinite, perfect, and unchangeable, who exists and reveals Himself in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:2,18; 17:1; Psa. 90:2; 147:5; 139:7-12; Isa. 40:28; 57:15; Mal. 3:6; Heb. 1:8.
ARTICLE III – Of the Creation
We believe that the Genesis account of the Creation is an historic fact and literally true.
Gen. 1:1, 21, 27; Ex. 20:11; Mk. 10:6-9; Heb. 1:10; 4:4; 11:3.
ARTICLE IV – Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created by an immediate act of God, in His own image and after His likeness; that by one act of disobedience he became sinful in his nature, spiritually dead, subject to physical death and to the power of the devil, from which fallen condition he was unable to save himself.
Gen. 1:1,21,27; 2:7,16,17; 3:1-7; Eph. 2:1-3,12; John 6:44; Rom. 5:6
ARTICLE V – Of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin – the perfect God-man; that He was without sin, the divinely appointed substitute and representative of sinful man, paying the ransom price for man’s sins by His death on the cross, making the only adequate atonement for sin by the shedding of His blood, thus reconciling man to God; that He was raised from the dead, ascended to glory, and “ever liveth to make intercession for us.”
Jn. 1:1,14,18; Heb. 1:8; 6:20; 7:25; 13:8; Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; 53:5,6; Lk. 1:35; Matt. 1:20-25; 28:6; II Cor. 5:14,21; Gal. 3:13; I Pet. 2:22,24; 3:18; Rom 5:8-10; Acts 1:11; 3:24; 10:39-41; 17:31; I Cor. 15:20; Eph. 1:19,20; Rev. 1:18; Col. 3:1; I John 2:1,2.
ARTICLE VI – Of Salvation
We believe that man is saved alone by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ; that he is justified from all things on the ground of His shed blood; that through the new birth he becomes a child of God, partaker of eternal life and blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ.
Eph. 1:3; 2:8; Rom. 3:20-26; Acts 13:38,39; John 1:12,13; 3:4,8,26; 5:24.
ARTICLE VII – Of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that He convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment; that He indwells and comforts the believer, guides him into all truth, empowers for service and enables him to live a life of righteousness.
Acts 1:8; 5:3,4; II Cor. 3:3,17; John 16:7,8,13; I Cor. 3:16; Gal. 4:6; Rom. 8:1-4.
ARTICLE VIII – Of Assurance
We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to know that they have passed from death unto life; that God is able to keep them from falling, but that the obedience of faith is essential to the maintenance of one’s salvation and growth in grace.
I John 3:14; 5:13; Rom. 8:16; 16:25,26; II Cor. 12:9; Jude 24,25; Gal. 3:11; John 8:31;
II Pet. 1:5-11.
ARTICLE IX – Of the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, composed of all those who through repentance toward God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, have been born again and were baptized by one Spirit into one body, and that it its her divinely appointed mission to preach the Gospel to every creature, teaching obedience to all His commandments. As members of Christ’s body we must be faithful in church attendance and recognize the House of Worship as a place where we reverence and worship God and fellowship with saints. We must also recognize that we are stewards of the Gospel as well as stewards of our material means and that we be ready to serve as the Lord calls and also give and share as he has given us.
Matt. 16:18; 28:19, 20; Eph. 1:23; Col. 1:18; Acts 1:8; 17:30; 20:21; 16:31; Luke 24:47;
Gal 3:26; I Cor. 12:13; Mark 16:15; Heb. 3:13; 10:25; I Cor. 4:1,2; 16:2; Rom. 13:8.
ARTICLE X – Of Separation
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to a life of separation from the world and its follies, sinful practices, and methods; further that it is the duty of the church to keep herself aloof from all movements which seek the reformation of society independent of the merits of the death of Christ and the experience of the new birth. Our business dealings must be conducted in all honesty and fairness, faithfully fulfilling our obligations to our creditors. We believe lawsuits to be a retaliatory practice which disagrees with the New Testament teaching of loving our neighbor and therefore should be abstained from.
I Pet. 2:9; Tit. 2:11-14; II Cor. 6:14-18; Rom. 12:1,2; Eph. 5:11; I John 2:15-17; II Thess. 3:6; Acts 4:2; John 3:3,6,7; Rom. 13:8, I Cor. 6:1-8, I Pet. 2:23, Rom. 12:17,21.
ARTICLE XI – Of Disciplines
We believe that the Lord has vested the church with authority in accordance with Scriptural teaching: (1) to choose officials, (2) to regulate the observance of ordinances, (3) to exercise wholesome discipline, and (4) to organize and conduct her work in a manner consistent with her high calling and essential to her highest efficiency.
Acts 6:1-6; 13:1-3; 14:21-23; 2:15; II Tim. 2:2; Tit. 1:5-9; 2:15;
Matt. 28:19, 20; 18:15-18; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb.13:17.
ARTICLE XII – Of Ordinances
We believe (1) that Christian baptism should be administered upon confession of their faith in Jesus; (2) that the Lord’s Supper should be observed as a memorial of His death by those of like precious faith who have peace with God; (3) that feet washing as an ordinance should be literally observed by all believers; (4) that Christian women praying or prophesying should have their heads covered; (5) that the salutation of the holy kiss should be duly and appropriately observed by all believers; (6) that anointing with oil should be administered to the sick who call for it in faith; (7) that marriage between one man and one woman is a divine institution dissoluble only by death, that on the part of a Christian it should be “only in the Lord: and that consistency requires that the marriage relation be entered only by those of like precious faith.
Luke 22:9,20; I Cor. 11:23-28; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 18:8; John 13:1-7; I Cor. 7:39; 11:2-16; 16:20; James 5:14-16; Mark 10:6-12; Rom. 7:2; Amos 3:3.
ARTICLE XIII – Of Restrictions
We believe that all Christians should honor, pray for, pay tribute to, and obey in all things those who are in authority in state and nation, provided however, that should instances arise in which such obedience would violate the higher law of God “we ought to obey God rather than man,” that church and state are separate, and while believers are to be subject to, they are not a part of the civil, administrative powers; that it is contrary to the teachings of Christ and the apostles to engage in carnal warfare; that Christians should “adorn themselves in modest apparel . . . not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;” that the swearing of oaths is forbidden in the New Testament Scriptures; and that secret orders are antagonistic to the tenor and spirit of the Gospel.
I Pet. 2:13,14,17; Rom. 13:1-7; I Tim. 2:1,2; Acts 5:29; Matt. 22:21; Mark 10:42-44; John 18:36; II Cor. 10:4; I Tim. 2:9,10; I Pet. 3:3-5; Matt. 5:34-37; James 5;12; John 18:20; Eph. 5:11,12; I John 3:17; Gal. 6:10; Jer. 49:11; Eph. 1:22,23.
ARTICLE XIV – Of Apostasy
We believe that the latter days will be characterized by general lawlessness and departure from the faith; that on the part of the world “iniquity shall abound” and “evil men shall wax worse and worse”; that on the part of the church there will be a falling away and “the love of many shall wax cold;” that false teachers shall abound, both deceiving and being deceived; and further, that present conditions indicate that we are now living in these perilous times.
I Tim. 4:1,2; Rom. 16:17,18; II Tim. 3:1-5,13; II Pet. 2:1,2,10; Matt. 24:11,12; II Thess. 2:3.
ARTICLE XV – Of the Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and in the bodily resurrection of all men, both of the just and the unjust – of the just to the resurrection of life, and of the unjust to the resurrection of condemnation.
John 20:20, 24-29; Luke 24:30, 31; I Cor. 15:42-44; Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29;
I Cor. 15:20-23.
ARTICLE XVI – Of the Coming of Christ
We believe in the personal imminent coming of our Lord as the blessed hope of the believer; that we who are alive and remain, together with the dead in Christ who will be raised, shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and thus ever be with the Lord.
John 14:2, 3; Acts 1:11; Matt. 24:44; Heb. 10:37; Tit. 2:11-13; I Thess. 4:13-18.
ARTICLE XVII – Of the Intermediate State
We believe that in the interval between death and resurrection, the righteous will be with Christ in a state of conscious bliss and comfort, but that the wicked will be in a place of torment, in a state of conscious suffering and despair.
Luke 16:19-31; 23:43; Phil. 1:23; II Cor. 5:1-8; I Thess. 5:10; II Pet. 2:9.
ARTICLE XVIII – Of the Final State
We believe that hell is the place of torment, prepared for the devil and his angels, where with them the wicked will suffer the vengeance of eternal fire forever and ever, and that heaven is the final abode of the righteous, where they will dwell in the fullness of joy forever and ever.
Matt. 25:41,46; Jude 7; Rev. 14:8-11; 20:10,15; II Cor. 5:21; Rev. 21:3-8; 22:1-5.