Faith Statements!

Confirmation Verse Options

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 28:7: The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 100: 5: For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Proverbs 3:6: In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you, and crown your efforts with success.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 43:1 Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Jeremiah 29:11:  For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Jeremiah 29:13: When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.

Micah 6:8:  He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Matthew 5:14 – 16: You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 11:25 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 16: 16 You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.

Matthew 28:20:  Surely, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Mark 12:30:  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

Luke 1:37: For nothing will be impossible with God.

Luke 9: 43: And all were astonished at the majesty of God.

John 10:14-15 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 11:25-26 I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

 John 14: 1: Do not let your hearts be burdened. Believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Acts 2:21 Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2 Corinthians 4:7: But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

2 Corinthians 5:7: For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice.

Hebrews 11: 1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not yet seen.

 

Confirmation Statement Guidelines: (Borrowed heavily from Holy Cross Lutheran Church)

In a word document, write out your confirmation verse (using one above or choose one of your own) and your faith statement, and email it back to me by May 26th. Your verse will be read on or your confirmation day, and your statement will be shared in the bulletin that day.

A faith statement is a summary of what you believe, hope, and trust. The finished project will be your own statement of faith in God, your Savior Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Your faith statement should answer the question, “What is my relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?” There’s no one right way to write a faith statement. This is your faith statement. Have fun thinking about how you can best express your sense of God’s work in your life.

The following are some suggestions or ideas to consider as you work on your faith statement:

1.      Don’t begin by thinking, “How long does it have to be?” The answer is however long it takes to tell your story. (please write at least 4-6 sentences though!)

2.       Be honest; don’t worry about saying the right or wrong thing. Your faith statement isn’t graded or corrected, it is an opportunity to express yourself and your faith.

Here are some topics to consider as you work on your Faith Statement. Just pick one to think and reflect on as you write your paper. Don’t feel like you have to answer every single question. These are simply writing prompts to get you started:

1.      Let others know:

-           What impact has Jesus had on your life?

-          What does confirmation mean to you?

-          Why is faith important to you?

-          Have you ever been transformed or changed through your faith?

2.      Think about and share:

-          How do people know you are a Christian?

-          How would you like to change the world because of your faith?

-          Do the relationships you have reflect your faith?

-          How does the way you spend your time show your faith?

-           Why do you want to make a difference in our world?

3.      Share a story of your life that helps illustrate what your faith is all about or how your faith in God has been shaped.

4.      Give personal examples of times in your life when your community and faith helped you through difficult times or to grow in faith.

5.      Share the questions or struggles you may have about your faith. Are you going through a difficult time in your life? How can your faith help you?

6.      Who has helped you grown in faith? What have your parents done for you? Why have they raised you in the church?

7.      Share a Bible story or Bible verse that is special to you (like your confirmation verse). How have the story or verse helped you to grow: in your faith? With your relationship with God? With your relationship with your family? With your relationship with your friends?

8.      How do you see yourself living out your faith in the future? How do you think God and your faith in Jesus will shape your life four months (a year, ten years) from now?

9.       What help or support do you need from your family, pastors, godparents, friends and members of the church to help you grow in your faith and keep your Affirmation of Baptism promises?

10.  Where do you need help from God to have your faith grow?

11.   What do you have to offer to others to help them grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ?

12.  What feelings or emotions do you have when you think about your faith? Remember that faith is a lifelong journey. This faith statement isn’t meant to be a final document.

 

Samples:

“I have needed a strong faith in many situations in my life. I needed faith when I went to the Detroit mission trip, and God showed me parts of Detroit that were wonderful. I needed faith when I went to Knoxville, Tennessee, and God gave me the courage to go out into the city and help the homeless. I also need faith in my daily life when I need help balancing my time between practicing cello, doing schoolwork, and still keeping God the priority.  God is always there for me when I need him just as he said in Isaiah 41:10. As I continue to strengthen my faith during high school, I will never forget the secret to life: Jesus loves me.” —Kevin Agner

“Jesus is always listening to our prayers and answers them, but not always the way we want them answered. I pray every day for my family and my friends and anything life throws at me. I pray for the homeless and the people in poverty and that they find help.  On the day before my grandma died, she gave me one last hug. That was comfort beyond belief, but that isn’t the only thing that gives me comfort. Each time I pray I know God is listening, and that is the greatest comfort you can have.” — Abby Buechler

“When I was little, I used to pray to God for answers.  I don’t think that God gives us answers.  He does give us hope and strength to find them for ourselves.  He gives us determination when we are lost, a light at the end of the tunnel when we are consumed by darkness.  Everyone prays for things. God doesn’t always give those things to us…And even though he doesn’t give us everything we ask for, he does give us a future to put those gifts he does give us in.” – Annie.

 

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New Format!

For the rest of our confirmation year, we no longer be posting on Confirmation Corner. Instead, we will be doing 2 things:

  • The Big Confirmation Take-Home Exam (see red bulletin board)

  • “Eat, Pray, Learn” Thursday nights during Lent at Buckingham Pizza from 7 - 8 PM (come at 6:30 for pizza and fellowship). Subject: am interactive crash course on the Bible. Please join us!

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Week 13: Communion, and then a break!

To find out more about where our sacrament of Holy Communion, click on the lesson HERE.

After this lesson, we’re going to be taking a break from Christmas until about mid-January.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Ask your parents to tell you about what communion means to them.

  2. Think about the last time you were a part of communion at your congregation.  What did you notice about the other people coming up for communion – were they smiling, serious, prayerful?  In the comments below, share what you saw and why you think people looked the way they did.

  3. Why do you think Jesus used the most common food and drink of his day (bread and wine, since there was not as much access to clean drinking water). What do you think Jesus would use today if he were instituting communion in 2018?

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Week 12: Sacraments! Baptism!

The first of our two sacraments that we’re going to look at is Baptism, find out more by clicking HERE. (BTW the video is from a Methodist perspective, but ours is extremely similar).

Reflection Questions:

  1. Do you know what is your Baptism date? Do you do anything to mark the occasion? Ask your parents about what they remember about that day - and special stories? Did you cry? Did you wear a special baptismal gown?

  2. One baptismal hymn in our hymnal goes: “I’'m going on a journey, and I’m starting today. My head is wet, and I’m on my way.” Name a way that you have remembered your baptism in your daily life (in “walking wet,” as some have said).

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Week 11: 3rd Article of the AP

Click here for the lesson:

3rd Article of the AP

And click here for a new video! (The one on the website no longer exists!)

Reflection Questions:

  1. In the Gospel of John, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as an Advocate who is present in our lives.  What is one way that you have seen the Holy Spirit active in your life, in the life of a neighbor or friend or in the world, in the last few weeks?

  2. How does it make you feel to know that God can and will forgive you when you make a mistake?

  3. The Holy Spirit is sometimes described as a dove, a fire, a wind, and a comforter. What are some other names of the Holy Spirit that you might use?

Next week we start on the Sacraments! Bonus points if you can also name which 2 sacraments we as Lutherans celebrate!

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Week 10: 2nd Article of the Apostle's Creed

Read more by clicking on the link here:

2nd Article of the AP

Reflection Questions:

  1. Why do you think the second article of the Apostle’s Creed focuses on both the details of Jesus’ humanity and the his divinity? (Jesus being fully human and fully God) Why does this matter, and why should this matter?

  2. Jesus comes into the world to live, to teach, to die and to rise to save us…. but the creed doesn’t really dwell much on Jesus’ life. If you were to add one sentence to the Creed describing what Jesus did during his earthly ministry, what would you write? and why did you include what you did?

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Week 9: 1st Article of the Apostle's Creed

Click here for the link to learn more:

1st Article of the AP

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does it mean to you that God looked at all that God had made and saw that it was good?

  2. Some people think believing in a Creating God is at odds with scientific theories about creation.  In your opinion, is there room for the two approaches to coexist?  Why or why not?

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Week 8: The Apostle's Creed

Congratulations, we’ve made it through all of the Ten Commandments together! Great job! Now we will be moving on to the Apostle’s creed. Click on the link below for an intro to our next part of the Small Catechism.

Intro to the Apostle’s Creed

Reflection Questions:

  1. Look up one of the other Creeds the ELCA subscribes to (Nicene Creed or the Athanasian Creed) and compare it to the Apostle’s Creed. Name one thing that is different than the Apostle’s Creed that surprised you. Do you have a preference between one of these Creeds?

  2. In many churches, the Apostle’s Creed is read after the sermon and hymn of the day. Why do you think it is included in that part of the service and not, say, at the beginning or the end?

  3. Write your own creed: pick one part of the Trinity (God the Creator, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit) and write a tweet-length statement of what you believe.

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Week 7: Commandments 9 & 10

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, and READ

Commandments 9 & 10

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below):

  1. In some traditions, Commandments 9 & 10 are together and considered to be one commandment. Do you agree with Martin Luther’s choice to separate the too? Are you convinced that they are different? Why or why not?

  2. Out of all 10 Commandments, which one to you struggle with the most?

  3. It’s so easy to covet other peoples lives on social media, because we tend to only put forward our most edited selves. When have you discovered that the “perfect life” that someone else lived wasn’t so perfect after all?

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WEEK 6: ALL SAINTS SUNDAY (Commandments 7 & 8)

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

Commandments 7 & 8

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below):

  1. “Something for nothing…” “my fair share”…. “I’m entitled to…” “bottom dollar price”.. Name some of the messages we hear in our advertising, media, shows, and movies and how they might be considered “stealing” from someone, according to Luther’s explanation of the 7th Commandment. Or name some ways that businesses are trying to go against these messages.

  2. What happens when you go about your day with the “Best Possible Light” glasses (judging peoples actions by interpreting them in the best possible light)? How does that change your mood, your actions, and your attitude toward other human beings?

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Week 5 (Oct. 28.. REFORMATION SUNDAY!!) Commandments 5 & 6

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

Commandments 5 & 6

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below):

1. Luther suggests that killing doesn’t mean simply ending someone’s life.. instead we are to help and support them in life’s needs. What examples you see the needs around you of the needs of others being ignored? (Feel free to cite what’s happening in the news)

2. Luther once said that our spouse was our nearest neighbor… what does that mean? What does this look like? (Hint… Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “Love God… AND love our neighbors as ourselves”). For further reflection, see Pastor Lydia’s sermon from October 7th, 2018 here.

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Week 4 (Oct. 21): Commandments 3 & 4

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

Commandments 3 & 4

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below)

1. Why do you think God commanded the people to take one day of rest each week? What happens to people (or you!) who are so driven at work or school or extra curriculars that they rarely take a break?

2. Luther interpreted the Third Commandment as more than a day off. How do you understand Sabbath in our world today, especially with social media and technology? Do you ever need take a “Media Break”?

3. “Honor your father and your mother” is the only commandment that comes with a promise attached. Does the promise change your understanding of the commandment?

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WEEK 3 (Week of Oct. 14): Commandments 1 & 2

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

10 Commandments: 1st and 2nd

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: (Pick one and answer below)

1. Thinking about the news events of the last few weeks, how have people been breaking or keeping these commandments?

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2. How can each of these good things become a ‘god’ if we are not careful?

(Money, Stuff, another person, Sports, Hobbies, Success, Fame, Family)

OR

3. What is competing with God for first place in your life?

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WEEK 1: Intro to the Small Catechism

Welcome to the first week of posts for our online confirmation experiment!

WEEK 1 LESSON

Read the lessons on this link, watch the videos (ignore the part about the quiz), then answer this reflection question:

Week 1:

What other aspects of the Christian faith would you include if you were writing your own Catechism and why are they important to you? (some hints to get you started: the 23rd Psalm, your favorite hymn, your favorite meal prayer/ bedtime prayer…)

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Welcome to FOG's First Inter-generational Confirmation!

2018-2019 CONFIRMATION YEAR

For the 2018-19 program year, FOG is pioneering an inter-generational confirmation curriculum that combines the usual confirmation lessons (Small Catechism, Bible, service, worship participation) in a combination of in-person and on-line forums. Our special year will include weekly on-line Catechism lessons, combined with reflection questions, a crash-course in the Bible during Lent, worship notes, service opportunities, and much more! Come back to this page to follow along with each weekly lesson!


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