School’s out and summer is in! This year we have had twenty-two students join our church this year. Each student had to write a statement of faith stating what they believe in regards to Christianity, the Church, Jesus, and Sin. You’ll love this statement of faith from Grace, a living testimony.
I believe that God desired to share his life with others so we could bring him glory. I believe glorifying him is my main purpose, and that we were created to reflect God. God is the author of creation and was very pleased with his creation. He regarded it as “very good”.
I believe sin is the act of violating God’s will, and anything that violates the ideal relationship between us and God. Sin has ruined the perfect relationship with God that once existed. Some sins are regarded greater than others to humans, however to God “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
I believe in order to fulfill His prophecies, God must predetermine history to a certain degree. The Bible clearly indicates that God predestined redemptive history, specifically, the coming of our Christ. Jesus clearly indicated that His coming was planned, including His death: But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose” (Luke 4:43). God’s gift to the world is His Son Jesus, it is His personal gift to us, but to unwrap it, we need faith to believe and receive the message. Jesus is described as the "exact representation of God, made through the image of God. Jesus was sent from God to give His body as a sacrifice for our sin. He became human to save sinful humanity.
The Holy Spirit is present during times of worship, and is who we feel the presence from during those times. The Holy Spirit empowers us as people of Christ to reflect God wherever we go. The Bible or Holy Scriptures were written thousands of years ago but is still accurate and relatable today. The Bible is the inspired word of God, and holds witness to Jesus Christ. Although the scriptures were written by humans, they were purely inspired by God, and he wrote his scripture through those people.
The Sacraments provide a picture of God’s promises to us. One of the sacraments we practice is baptism. Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the beginning of a believer’s faith, becoming part of the Body of Christ. The other sacrament is the Lord’s Supper or communion. The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of what Jesus did in the past, a symbol of our present relationship with him, and a promise of what he will do in the future. Through this we visibly declare Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
The Church is where the Spirit gathers us to be the hands and feet of Christ and reflect him. I believe a church is more the people who practice the religion of God rather than an actual building. The building we call church is only a place to gather all of the “churches” or believers and worship together. Worshiping in Spirit requires a mind centered on God. I believe I connect with God through worship such as songs and prayer.
Jesus’ resurrection is crowning proof of Christianity. Everything else said and done is secondary in the importance of his resurrection. Jesus’ death was a sacrifice to show how much he loved us. Jesus died for our sins in sacrifice of us. As Christians, I believe we should always be waiting and ready for Christ’s return. Jesus is the “first and the last”, and upon Jesus’ return, everything will be new and refreshed. Until this time however, we are to glorify God through all that we do.