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Hector Troyer. This book is written by a conservative Mennonite and intended for the Plain audience. Anabaptism is a worldview. While Anabaptists share some basic scripture and doctrines with other groups, their worldview is distinctly different from the Catholic and Protestant worldviews. Worldly Christianity has offered anabaptists a relationship with Jesus in exchange for their culture, it has delivered neither.

In this book the writer examines evangelism ideas by their fruits. Can Anabaptists adopt evangelism techniques from other Christian faiths without damaging their own understanding of the gospel?  Why do most plain Mennonites live in several small geographic regions of the United States? How can plain Mennonites effectively spread the gospel while retaining their godly culture? Do the Amish have anything to teach the rest of Anabaptism about church expansion? Is the Anabaptists’ rampant adoption of worldly evangelism techniques a cloak for their selfish desire to fit in and live comfortably? What if Anabaptists stopped fantasizing about short term missions and began relentlessly placing churches in strategic locations. Embrace the pain, crucify the flesh, expand the Kingdom. The purpose of this book is to promote evangelism by intentional church division among plain groups.

96 pp. Paperback.

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Weight5.7 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .275 in
Book author

Hector Troyer

Format

Paperback

Pages

96

Publisher

S2S Books

ISBN

979-8-9893147-1-3

3 reviews for Jesus and the Mennonites
Hector Troyer

  1. Sam Baer

    “Jesus and the Mennonites” offers a candid critique of today’s Anabaptist churches in America and finds them collecting dust. In this book, Hector Troyer inspires the pilgrim church to travel lightly and extend godly community to all the world. Is it possible our focus on identity has robbed us of our vision for fruitful evangelism?

  2. Harold R. Troyer

    This book gives clear instruction on how to change the world by cultivating robust yet careful relationships with neighbors, celebrating large families, and harnessing the tranformative power of prayer. Hector masterfully guides us to think about constructing a richer community through an unwavering, Jesus-centered lifestyle – with local people. An inpiring and impactful message!

  3. Billy North (verified owner)

    I believe Brother Hector has hit a nail on the head. I was raised a secular, public-schooled, Methodist; completely immersed in protestant missions. Much attention was given to Jesus as Savior, while almost none was given to the idea of Jesus as Lord of everyday life. After the army, when I was 31 years old, I saw my family headed down a road and into a lifestyle which would obviously produce the fruits of my peers and forefathers. Being a child of the post-modern era, I was not satisfied with the prospect of those results and began searching for a “different truth”. What I eventually found was a church history of “anabaptism” which purported to follow the fixed truth of the Bible. I was greatly attracted to the simpler, agrarian, family-oriented, “come-out-of-the-world-and-be-ye-separate”, non-feminist, let-theworld’s-system-break-its-own-head, Kingdom-oriented lifestyle. I believe many (most) would-be seekers in America are similarly minded. The American culture is starving for something real and true to believe in….to do, righteously. Many are being swallowed up by modern gnostic and stoic teachings centered around masculinity and conservative identity politics. But what they are longing for is a strong and faithful “come follow me even as I follow Christ” modeling of right living. But most of the families I have known to go down that road have been discouraged when they figured out that the people of the culture they sought to become a part of were operating from a different premise. In my experience, nearly ALL anabaptist background believer groups are maintaining their particular degree of lifestyle-based church culture almost exclusively as a tool to protect themselves and their children from worldliness in the stead of using it as a light on a hill by which to call the lost people of the world to come out of darkness and enter into the Kingdom of the Living God. This is not what seekers like me are looking for. And it is not what the true Gospel calls for. Pure religion is both keeping oneself unspotted from the world AND ministering to the needs of those people under its thumb. Sacrificing one for the other is a fallacy from the enemy.

    I believe Hector has laid out for us a vision for missions; it is certainly not the only legitimate vision, but perhaps the only one that will work in our post-structuralist American population if our goal is to make disciples of every man and not just “get people saved”. That vision calls out the false dichotomy that most of us have bought into; the idea that we can either protect our families from the evils of the world, OR we can do outreach ministry. The fact is, the only way we CAN protect our families is to use our lives as witnesses of the work of an Almighty, Righteous, Outreach-oriented God, and train our people to be warriors of the church, the Kingdom of Christ, instead of teaching them to be cowards hiding from the enemy in some back holler where the world can’t find them, or encouraging them to be in the theater, the arena, the TikTok screen, the Christian rock concert or the hunting blind in order to become like those they would seek to reach. We must train them to be in the world and not of it. God help us! They overcame by the Blood of the Lamb AND by the word of their own testimony.

    Billy North
    Director of AdapTech
    Church: Outpost Kingdom Fellowship
    Lineville Alabama

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