… So Far
Roman 6:1-11 and Titus 3:3-8 (click for full reading)
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Our Faith Journey so Far
(click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
In baptism, God names us and claims us as His own children, wholly and dearly loved. He bestows on us the gift of the Holy Spirit and plants the seed of faith. In addition to God’s work, several other players are given a game plan. They are the parents and Godparents of the child and their charge is to raise them up in the faith by bringing them to church, introducing them to the Bible and instructing them/bringing them to be instructed in the Christian faith.
So what happens in an Affirmation of Baptism, commonly called Confirmation, you ask? In a nutshell, the Confirmand declares their agreement with God’s work and assumes greater responsibility in living the life of a disciple. As Pastor Chad put it, after confirmation, one is fully equipped to live out a life of faith on their own. They are fully capable of sharing the Good News with a world that so desperately needs to hear it and see it in action. Being confirmed is not a saving action, nor is it a completion of our faith journey. In fact, it is a milestone in our lifelong journey of faith. One that marks the beginning of a very challenging next leg in the journey. But we need not fear, because we have many companions and everything we need in the One who formed us from the very beginning and the One who is with us every step of the way.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Who have been fellow companions in your faith journey? What role did they play and how have they supported you?
2. When was a time that you felt you strayed from your walk with God? What brought you back on track?
3. If you could offer a word of encouragement to someone struggling with their faith what would you say?
So, child of God, knowing now that you have everything you need to be God’s light in the world, how will you go & be it?