I’ve often talked about confessing the faith using the creeds. We use them word for word in church, sometimes even adding the meanings from Luther’s Small Catechism. We can also use them as an outline with which to build our own confession of the faith.
I encourage confirmation students to not just learn the words of the creeds to be able to recite them, but make them part of you; understand what they are saying, believe and trust in the teachings they express. The more familiar you become with who God is and what He has done for you, the more comfortable you’ll be talking about it. With the creeds and catechism as a guide, you can form your answers to questions like: What do you mean by God? Who is Jesus and what did He do? Why is that important to me? And you can think of more.
As you work through questions like these, you will grow in the faith and be more ready to express the faith in your own words. Then you can indeed always be ready to express the “reason for the hope that is in you”.
You too can be ready to speak the truth in love and share the wonderful gift of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You’ll be able to share it with your family, friends, neighbors and anyone you come in contact with. You’ll be able to share with them this most wonderful gift of God.
Rev. Don Stock is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Munster, Indiana.
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