This past Sunday was a special day for the Church – one of the highlights of the year for me…having the opportunity to listen to the statements of faith of those going through confirmation. It is a joy to listen to them wrestle with topics like the Trinity, salvation, creation, etc. Knowing what you believe and why you believe it has important implications for Christians. I especially like to hear things like, “I’m not sure” or, “I don’t know”, because these provide a reality check for all of us I think.
What do you believe? How would you articulate your own personal faith statement? Don’t have one? Why not start right now by jotting down your thoughts about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit…church, worship, etc. As you begin to think about this, let the words of Paul to the Colossians guide your prayer today: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-17, NRSV)