If you were not in church this morning, you missed your homework assignment. Everyone is assigned to write your own personal faith statement. Never fear! We have instructions.
Read the Apostle’s Creed. It provides a good template for a faith statement.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church*, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
*The word “catholic” refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ (All Christians, of all time, in all places
Consider the following questions:
- Who do you believe God is?
- Who do you believe Jesus Christ is?
- How do you believe the Holy Spirit works?
- What do you believe about the Bible?
- What do you believe about prayer?
- What do you believe is the purpose of the Church?
- What do you see as the role of Christians in the world?
Your statement doesn’t have to answer all of these questions and it can certainly answer much more.
Spend some time in prayer and discernment as you answer these questions.
Take a cue from “The Arist’s Way” and spend 10 minutes writing whatever comes your mind. Don’t even pick your pen off the paper. Just write.
Then write a first draft of your statement and put it aside.
Come back to it in a day or two.
What can you edit out? What do you need to add?
See if you can frame your statement in 500 words (or one typewritten page) or less.
Why Write a Statement of Faith?
As we grow in our relationship with God, it is important for us to be able to explain our faith to others as well as be sure of what we believe.
Can my statement of faith be changed?
Absolutely. Your statement of faith is not written in stone and can grow and change as you do. However, most people find that the core of their statement doesn’t change much over the years.
Is there a proper format?
No. Your faith statement can be long, short, poem or prose. It can be all words or be illustrated. There is no right or wrong way to create your statement of faith.
Do I have to share my statement?
Not at all. But if you are willing to, please bring your statement to church next Sunday (Oct. 23). We will hang them in the sanctuary and then later in the Fellowship Hall where we will do our reviewing and renewing with Michael Vinson.