It’s that time of year again, where a number of our teenagers move into a new chapter in their faith journey. This Sunday, October 25th, nine students will affirm their faith during worship. These nine spent the past two years in our confirmation program, attending retreats, gathering on Wednesday nights, and forming friendships in our congregation. Each of them is unique, and each understands their faith in different ways. As many Christians traditionally do, they have all selected a verse from the Bible that speaks to them at this moment in their lives. Whether you know them or not, I am sure you will get a small sense of who they are based on the scripture they have chosen. Take some time to read these verses, and join me in both celebrating and praying for these young people of faith.
In all your ways acknowledge the Lord, and God will make straight your paths.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on you because of your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
2 Timothy 3:14-15
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works that I know very well.
Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.
Pastor Chad McKenna