A personal faith statement is a letter or essay that is written by a person who is professing his or her faith in God. These statements can be written anytime as you progress in your faith. An easy way to prepare a personal faith statement is to base the statement on the Apostles' Creed. Using the Creed to outline your personal faith statement allows you to focus on portions of your faith that are particularly important to you.
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Make yourself familiar with the Apostles' Creed. The Creed is a faith statement that has been used by Christians to describe and confess their beliefs. The Creed can also be looked at as a summary of what is taught in the Gospels. Different versions of the Creed have been professed by Christians for centuries. Go to the two links in the Resources section to read the Creed and to learn more about the Creed.
Start your personal faith statement describing how you became a Christian. You may want to write about when and why you started going to church or about the date that you made your "leap of faith" and declared that Jesus was your Lord and Savior. This portion of the personal faith statement should be a paragraph or two.
Write one paragraph about "God, the Father Almighty." Since the next part of the Creed states that the Father is the "maker of Heaven and Earth," you may want to quote verses from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis.
Compose two to three paragraphs regarding your belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In these paragraphs, write a brief synopsis detailing the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ. Quote Gospel verses when doing so. In the second paragraph, discuss the fall of man, sin, and why you personally need a saviour (Jesus). Write about your personal relationship with Christ. When doing this, describe your faith in the salvation that is given to you (and all) by Christ. You can use verses from the Gospels as well as other books from the New Testament when describing your relationship with Jesus.
Write a paragraph about the Holy Spirit. In this paragraph, you could write about the gifts of the Holy Spirit (see Resources) or briefly describe Pentecost Sunday. Remember to touch upon both your faith in the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit directly affects your life.
Describe how you plan to put your faith into action. You could write about going to church every week, spending more time with the Word of God and in prayer, and also taking care of the poor and the needy. You could also quote Luke 14:27 in this paragraph when describing your Christian life.
Conclude with a paragraph describing how your faith has changed your life. You could write about the peace and hope you have felt since becoming a Christian. You could also describe how becoming a Christian has benefited your relationship with other individuals.
Tips and warnings
- Remember that your personal faith statement should, in fact, be personal. While it's important to quote Bible verses when writing the statement, you should also emphasise why you personally have belief in those verses.
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