Confirmation Class 2015: Statement of Faith

We believe that God created the world, and that He is three persons in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created humans in His own image. Adam and Eve sinned, and the sin has been passed down to all people (Rom 5:12). Sin separates us from God and the consequence is death (Rom 6:23). However, the God we believe in is loving, forgiving, and does not give up on his creation. God had a plan to save his people from the punishment of sin.

God’s plan for salvation is fulfilled through His son, Jesus, who was fully human (Heb 2:5-9) and fully God (Col 2:9). During His life on earth He healed, taught, prayed, loved, led, and challenged religious leaders. Jesus lived a sinless life and served as an example for how we should live our lives. Since Jesus had no sin He was able to take on our sins at the cross (2 Cor 5:21). Because of this, we no longer have to bear the consequences of our sins. Jesus paid the ultimate price to save us and became, “a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28). However, Jesus overcame death when He was resurrected three days after His crucifixion. Through this action, Jesus opened the door for us to live eternally with God.

It is through God’s grace we are saved. No righteous act can help us earn our way to Heaven (Eph 2:8-9). Grace is the gift of God, given to us not because we deserve it but because He loves us. Even though we are given grace, we are still called to repent.

Repentance is when we turn away from our sin and turn to God. We ask for forgiveness and choose to live for Him. Repentance repairs our damaged relationship with God, allowing us to be close with Him once again. We learn more about repentance through scripture.

The Bible helps us get to know God, and shows us how to live a Christ-like life. The Bible is more than just words, rather it is “alive and active” (Heb 4:12). We are assured that our beliefs are true because of God’s word (2 Tm 3:16). God’s word tells us that his people are called the Church.

The Church consists of all of the people who are called out to represent God to the world. As a part of the Church, there are many local congregations like Palos Park Presbyterian Community Church. It is here where we: worship, perform the Sacraments (Baptism and

Communion), learn God’s word, outreach, serve, and honor God. We honor God by attending church and by encouraging the family of faith. As a class we are very excited to be joining the Church.

As we become part of the church we will commit to being a community, building a stronger relationship with God, using our gifts, participating in communion, developing our own beliefs, continuing to learn about God, and leading others to Christ. We acknowledge that this is not the end of our Christian life, but it is only the beginning.