Today we confirmed seven new members into full membership in Christ's Church. The Confirmands read from their statements of faith, and we are pleased to share their words.
I believe the earth was created by God and we were made in his image to inhabit the earth, and have dominion over his creations. I believe we are not saved by being good, but are saved by God’s grace. I believe in the inclusive Presbyterian views, that everyone is saved by God because of his undying love and mercy for us. I believe the Christian life entails showing our love to everyone around us, no matter how much anger we feel towards them, and to spread the word of God. Will Griggs
I believe God is one God in three persons. They are Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They create, redeem and sustain life. I believe God created everything, but it took more than a span of six days. I also believe that God created us in his image. I believe that everyone is saved because of Jesus. I also believe in order to be saved one must express to Jesus that they are sorry and they repent. I believe that we are saved by grace but not by earning it. Grace is the gift of God. I believe that God doesn’t judge us by what we do but loves us all. Sam Griggs
All in all, I have learned that being a Christian is more than just believing in God and going to church every Sunday. I believe being a Christian is being saved by God’s love and grace. When Jesus said, “Come and follow me,” I think he meant that no matter who you are and no matter what sins you committed, God’s love saves us and gives us a chance to start over. Kyle Hahn
What I do know is that about 2,000 years ago, there was a guy named Jesus, who spread the message that God loved us all. In my very short time alive, I have questioned what I believe, and I think that is healthy. I wished to get baptized to continue learning and questioning the Christian faith. William Hendrix
Humans are different, because we are made in the image of God. I also believe in the sacraments, that those are the gifts of God for the people of God. I believe we can see God anywhere. While you might just see a pile of compost, it can also be a demonstration of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection. Dylan Bailey
Jesus said, “Come and follow me.” This was his invitation and encouragement to share Christ’s good news with the world and to try to live by example. This means that we should worship God with a joyful heart. It means that we should encourage others to learn about and experience God’s love. It means that we should use God’s gifts in ways that are inspiring and helpful. We should find peaceful solutions when we don’t get along with others. Most importantly, living a Christian life means that we should take care of each other as well as the wondrous world that he created for us. Marcus Lee
I believe that there is one God who is made up of three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that the Father is the maker and creator of life. I believe that the Son came to earth as Jesus, is 100% God as well as 100% human, and he is our SALVATION. I believe that the Holy Spirit is the sustainer and our way to directly connect and communicate with God. I believe that to be a Christian is to love God and to trust that he is in control and to know that he loves you so much and would do anything for you. I also believe that it means to love others no matter how hard it may be and to share God’s love with others. Olivia Lovci