I’m in the process of applying for a new job (long story, maybe I’ll explain later.) Anyways, one job I’m applying for wants a statement of faith. Now, it’s been, oh, about five or six years since I’ve had to write one, so, I’m asking for your help. Please provide feedback (positive and/or negative; I can take it) for the statement I’ve written. Thanks in advance.
I have been active in church just about my whole life. I was raised in the American Baptist Church. My father was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and my mother in the Church of God. I was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church and again as a teenager in the Baptist Church. While attending the Baptist Church, I was active in the youth group as well as the life of the congregation. I was introduced to the Lutheran tradition while I was in college and fell in love with the liturgy. While I was in college, I attended church on an infrequent basis.
I started attending church on a regular basis shortly after a troubling time in my life. I was having problems at work and had decided to find a church to call my own. I picked out a Lutheran Church to attend on my next Sunday off. On that Sunday, I awoke early and got ready. After I finished getting ready, I sat down and promptly fell asleep. Around the time I needed to leave, I heard a voice say, “Get up and go.” The voice was loud enough to startle me awake and was out of place because I lived alone. I jumped up and went to church like I planned and found a church home that day. A few months later, I joined the Lutheran Church and began my journey to seminary.
I believe God, the Father almighty. He is the creator of everything (Genesis 1:1)and mankind is created in His image (Genesis 1:26-27) God’s creation was very good (Genesis 1:31) but through Adam and Eve, sin entered the world. (Genesis 3) Throughout all of salvation history, God has been at work in the world. God saved Noah and his family from the waters of the flood. God led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. God sent his prophets to call Israel to account when they sinned against Him. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross for the sin of the world.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, Mary conceived and gave birth to Jesus. (Matthew 1:20, Luke 1:35) Christ is, therefore, truly human and truly divine. Being God made flesh, Christ was able to bear the sins of mankind on the cross. Through his death and resurrection, Christ made the ultimate sacrifice and atoned for the sins of mankind. In this act, Christ defeated death so that we might have the promise of eternal life. Jesus Christ is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
I believe in the Holy Spirit. At Christ’s baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove. (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32) The Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2) It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that we are given faith and are gifted to do the work of ministry.