Anabaptists began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525. A group of earnest young believers said that Protestant reformers had not gone far enough. They attempted to recover New Testament Christianity by appealing to the authority of Scripture and the example of Jesus, rather than decrees of the state-sponsored church. The movement grew rapidly, although thousands suffered persecution and death at the hands of the state. Today, Mennonites are in 60 countries around the world. They continue to emphasize following Christ in daily life, sharing the good news of wholeness in Christ, serving those in need, and working for justice and peace.
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