Posted on Oct 10, 2018 by Heather Lewis
Our ninth graders at Salem have spent the last month or so writing their statements of faith. They will share them with us during services on Oct. 21, in preparation for their confirmation the following Sunday. One of these amazing kids happens to be mine, and she has invited me on her journey to discover what she believes, and how to put it into words.
Have you ever attempted to share your faith story? What would you say if someone asked what you believe, and why? In 1 Peter 3:15 it says to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” The question may be posed as a non-religious scenario, for instance, “How can you be so calm?” or “How do you decide what to do?”. Could you explain to a neighbor or co-worker that you feel peace because you know that God is in control?
It’s so much easier to say, “Come to my church, we have great programs!” than to say, “My church family prays and cares for each other, and we share our joys and divide our sorrows.” I’m guessing our youth will talk about the programs they’ve participated in at Salem, but perhaps the influence on their faith journey will be more about the relationships they’ve been a part of, and the moments they were touched by serving and caring for others. I hope you are encouraged by them to find moments to bless others by sharing your faith.
Director of Music and Worship