This book is a collection of a few of the writings of Brother Mervin J. Baer.
In the early articles in this collection, Brother Marvin identifies some of the spiritual decline that took place within the Mennonite church in the 1950s. This part of the collection is intended to help a new generation understand what issues the brethren faced in the drifting churches from which they came and why they withdrew from those settings.
Brother Mervin wrote the majority of these articles from within the new grouping of churches which became known as the Nationwide Fellowship churches. Many of the concerns he expresses in these articles are directed at needs he saw in the new group.
We believe these articles can be useful to help us as history ought to be: to apply Bible truth in daily life that honors God and builds His church. It can also help us to understand the doctrine that guided the forming and development of the Nationwide Fellowship churches.
Table of Contents
- 1. The New Modernism Evaluated
- 2. The Cell Group Church
- 3. Traditions
- 4. True Evangelism
- 5. The Present Dilemma
- 6. Scriptural Unity
- 7. Our Homes
- 8. Abiding in the Doctrine of Christ
- 9. The Communication of Faith
- 10. The Office and Work of a Bishop
- 11. Church Authority
- 12. A Review of Church Life
- 13. The Final Authority of the Scriptures
- 14. The Moral Restraints of the Christian Community
- 15. The Ministers' Fellowship Meeting in 1972
- 16. Useful Lives
- 17. Christian Fellowship
- 18. Sincere Honesty
- 19. Present-Day Extremism
- 20. Progress Through Patience
- 21. Socialism and Christianity
- 22. Dying Families
- 23. Practical Evangelism
- 24. Factionalism
- 25. God Incarnate
- 26. Scriptural Order in Church Authority
- 27. Our Traditional Biases
- 28. The Problem of Identity
- 29. Some Serious Issues Facing Our Churches
- 30. Discerning the Seeds of Apostasy
- 31. Church Growth
- 32. "Ready Always to Give an Answer"
- 33. Reflections of the Past and Challenges for the Future
- 34. "Give Me This Mountain"
Appendix—A Brief Historical Overview
- The Origin and Structure of Mennonite Conferences
- The Drift in the Mennonite Conferences
- The Origin of the Fellowship Movement
- Sifting the Fellowship