North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois

Beliefs and Ethics

 

What do I value in gathering as church?
  • Continuous expansion of understanding the perspectives, experiences, and needs of others in the church and beyond
  • EXperiencing language, conversation, and input that challenge me to see the world and live in the Way of Jesus as understood in the Anabaptist tradition
  • Being around people who haven't been lulled into the mindless suburban lifestyle
  • Being around people who still think about the outside world and its struggles
 

Mennonites believe that authentic theology must be lived theology, that beliefs and ethics must go together. We believe that we must share God's love in word and deed, living out our faith by serving others and working toward peace.

Dirk Willems, an early Anabaptist, understood and acted upon this belief. When he was apprehended in Asperen, Holland, the thief-catcher pursuing him chased him across some ice. When the thief-catcher broke through the ice, Dirk returned to help him, thus saving his life. Despite this act of kindness, Dirk was still put to death for his beliefs. (Paraphrased from the story in the Martyrs Mirror.)

Because God loves us, we respond with faithful living. We strive to be faithful in fellowship, worship, service, and witness.

Dirk Willems helping his pursuer
Dirk Willems helping his pursuer
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
James 2:17