Saturday, November 25, 2017

About Confirming Your Faith

Confirming your faith

An ancient tradition within the church offers adults a chance to make a public profession of their faith in Jesus. Why would you want to do that?

Some people want a chance to make their own promises to follow Christ. If you were baptized as an infant or child, you may not have had this opportunity as an adult. You don’t need to be baptized again (God got it right the first time) but you may want to profess your faith for yourself. That’s a good thing to do … since the Bible tells us that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10┬áNLT]

Sometimes people fall away from their faith and they want to take a giant step back. By confirming your faith you can get a fresh start on your spiritual life.

Some people feel it is important to make a commitment to a specific church or tradition. By receiving Confirmation in the Anglican Church you accept a new identity and role within the local congregation. Only confirmed members are elligible to serve on the Leadership Team or as Executive Directors of the Church.

What happens?

During a special service held once every year or so, each adult who wishes to be confirmed, stands and professes their faith in Jesus according to a very old tradition. Then, kneeling before the Bishop, they receive the sign of blessing described in the Bible as the “laying on of hands.” As the Bishop prays for you, he asks the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing with a new sense of blessing and purpose. The Bible also describes many spiritual gifts that are available to those who believe … and in Confirmation you may receive some of those as well. Who knows what God intends for you as you take that next step out in faith?

In order to be prepared for the next service of Confirmation, please fill in the form below or speak directly to one of the pastors. Confirming Your Faith Workshops are held each year prior to the Bishop’s visit.

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