By John A. Hostetler
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Contrary to popular belief our members do not drive horses and buggies nor do they wear beards as do the Old Order Amish who were an offshoot of the Mennonites years ago. Community and Family Life One of the added joys for the follower of Jesus is that of living in a Christian community. Our small brotherhood is a group of people who know one another quite well. We remember one another by the first name. We prize the small informal group. Many of our communities are in rural areas. By practicing thrift, sobriety, and stewardship, some of our communities have been economically prosperous.
He loved man so much that He wanted to save him from death and eternal separation from Himself. To do this God provided redemption. When God ''gave his only Son" to die on the cross, the sacrifice we humans could not offer was offered for us. The righteousness demanded of us, which we are unable to achieve, is now freely offered. The good news of the Gospel is that salvation is already secured if we believe. A person cannot win salvation. It has already been won. Salvation is therefore a gift that is received not by our efforts but by faith.
But Jesus did not come to found an earthly kingdom. " Jesus also spoke of the end of time. In a coming day of judgment each person will be rewardedwith eternal life or eternal death. A New Life A certain old woman was faced with the problem of paying her rent. A preacher called at her house one day with money to pay the rent, Page 17 and after knocking again and again, failed to get any response. " The knock at the door is the knock of a Saviour who has come with a gift, but we are so ready to think He has come to demand payment.
An Invitation to Faith by John A. Hostetler