Question: What is Hope?
Answer: Hope is a true Confidence in God,
bestowed on the Heart of Man by the divine Enlightening and Inspiration,
that he might never despair of God’s Grace and Favour in granting his Petitions,
whether they be for Pardon of his Sins, or for any other spiritual or temporal Good.
(From The Orthodox Confession of the Catholic and Apostolic Eastern Church)
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have,
for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?””
(Hebrews 13:5–6, ESV)
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
(Psalm 32:1–2, ESV)
“It is an eternal and gracious decree of God in Christ, by which he determines to justify and adopt believers, and to endow them with eternal life but to condemn unbelievers, and impenitent persons.”
Friends are saying to me, “What are people who are living by faith going to do when money gets tight and depression comes?” The thought came to me that the real question is, “What are people who are not living by faith going to do?”
The baptism of believers upon their confession of faith is a significant component of Anabaptist theology. This is an example of the confession of faith that should accompany baptism.
I believe in one true, eternal, and almighty God, who is the Creator and Preserver of all visible and invisible things.
I believe in Jesus Christ, as the only begotten Son of God, that He is the only Savior of mankind, that He died upon the cross, and gave Himself as a ransom for my sins, that through Him I might have eternal life.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the Father and the Son; that He is an abiding Comforter, sanctifies the hearts of men, and guides them into all truth.
I am truly sorry for my past sins, and willingly renounce Satan, the world, and all works of darkness and my own carnal will and sinful desires.
I promise by the grace of God and the aid of the Holy Spirit to submit myself to Christ and His Word, and to faithfully abide in the same until death.
“I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will never be shaken.”
(Psalm 62:1–2, HCSB)