Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Preparing Your Statement of Faith

The following questions should serve as an outline for writing your statement. A statement of faith is a declaration of what you believe about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Statements of faith should be between 650 and 1000 words long if written. However, you are not
limited to a written statement of faith. If you want to pursue a creative medium for expressing your faith, ex. Scrapbooks, paintings, poetry, pictures, then that is also OK. You can even mix them up!

WORK WITH YOUR MENTOR TO PREPARE THIS!

You will present your statement of faith
  • Firstly, to each other … at our meeting on Sunday May 6
  • Secondly, to Session ... at their meeting on Monday May 14 at 7:00 pm in Hebron House.
  • Thirdly, as part of your service of confirmation on May 20.
General Outline:

What I believe about God
What I believe about Jesus
What I believe about the Holy Spirit
What I believe about the mission of the church.
What I believe it means to be a follower of Jesus
Why I want to become a member of the church and follower of Jesus

Questions to Guide you Through the Process

Who is God? What is God like? What has God done?

Who is Jesus? What is Jesus like? What has Jesus done? What were his key message/teachings
that He wants us to live by?

Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the Holy Spirit like? What does the Holy Spirit do?

What is the church? Why do you want to be part of the church? What is the mission of the
church?

What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? Has there been a difficult time in your life that
you know God helped you get through? (Examples: Illness, death or problems of someone close
to you, etc.)

Who has been helpful in your faith development? Why?
What choices do you think you have to make that incorporate your faith into your living?

What is a Christian and what do Christians hope for in both this life/world and the life/world that is to come?


Here are some examples from parts of other confirmands statements

“I’ve experienced a miracle of God myself. When I was 4, I got kidney reflux, and I was in and out of the hospital a lot. The doctors said that there was a diverticulum on my bladder and problems with my kidneys. If they didn’t clear up by a certain date, I would have to get surgery. The doctors said that they wouldn’t go away on their own, so they set a surgery date. Then, the very day before I was to get the surgery, the diverticulum and all the other problems just vanished without a trace. The doctors were all amazed — they’d never seen anything like that happen before. I didn’t need surgery, and to this day, I’ve never had any more problems with it. No more kidney reflux. My recovery without surgery was a gift of God. And I’ve got to give, right?” Learning about what Jesus did can let us get ideas for what we can do for others and for our community. It’s motivation to do the right thing. We can tell stories of God’s love and sharing, inspire others to do the same, no matter how much or how little you have. You can remind people not to worry of the future and that God will handle it. And whatever happens — kidney reflux or not — God is always with us.” — Gemma Brown


“A little while ago if asked, “Why do you care about church, Jesus, any of it?” I probably would have stood there for a moment with no real answer because I wouldn’t want to say what immediately jumped to my mind: “I’m afraid of going to Hell.” That is what I was thinking about when Pastor Rhodes addressed something similar in his sermon one Sunday. He said something that I’ll never forget: “We shouldn’t be scared into heaven!” At that moment, that was exactly what I needed to hear.

Why do I care about any of this? God does so much for me. He’s the reason I’m here. He loves me unconditionally. He died nailed to a cross for me. How could I not care?” — Tessa Brown


“Jesus is always listening to our prayers and answers them, but not always the way we want them answered. I pray every day for my family and my friends and anything life throws at me. I pray for the homeless and the people in poverty and that they find help. On the day before my grandma died, she gave me one last hug. That was comfort beyond belief, but that isn’t the only thing that gives me comfort. Each time I pray I know God is listening, and that is the greatest comfort you can have.” — Andy Buechler


“I believe that Jesus is central in my life because He has shown that all things be done with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. For without having Jesus central in my life, these things would not exist. If we live by the spirit then we will be guided by the spirit. I believe that without these things and without God, my life would be dull and dark. Though I do not know what my future is and where my life will take me, I know that God does. There are two Bible verses that stick with me when I think about my future and my faith. The first one is Jeremiah 29:11 and the second one is 2 Timothy 1:7. These verses are what I live by and they show me that I can do all things through Christ, when He is central in my life.” — Robert Dagenhart

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