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Its first use marks action and initiative from God to us in Jesus Christ. " At the other end of the appeal is the return of grace, thanksgiving to God: "Thanks (grace) be to God for his indescribable gift" (9:15). The eight uses in between point out the horizontal movement of the grace. ). (2) It proves the genuineness of one's love (8:8, 24). (3) It expresses the fruit of the Spirit (8:78). (4) It follows the example of Jesus Christ, who, "though he was rich became poor" (8:9). (5) It works toward equality (8:1315).

The Anabaptist understanding of discipleship accented the importance of obedience to Christ in all dimensions of life. An emphasis on stewardship emphasized the fact that material goods were ultimately owned by God and under the temporary care of members of the community. Another factor that fostered mutual aid was Anabaptist insistence on separation of church and state. The ultimate authority for the life and conduct of the church was grounded in Scripture, the commands of Christ, and the practice of the early church.

Stayer, James M. 1991 The German Peasant's War and Anabaptist Community of Goods. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. Page 19 PART ONE: BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS Page 20 A Note on the Mennonite Church (Old and MC) Often in telling the story of Mennonite mutual aid, writers in this book aim to distinguish between the various denominational groups and bodies involved. Particularly as the story enters the twentieth century and the founding of Mennonite Mutual Aid, Inc. (MMA), writers distinguish between other bodies of Mennonites and that branch variously calledduring the eras of which the writers tellthe (Old) Mennonite Church or, by the 1970s, simply, the Mennonite Church (MC).

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