What is Hope?

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)

A Life of Faith

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?”
(Joy Ridderhof)

Baptismal Confession of Faith

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.

A Life of Faith

I have recently been thinking about what it means to live by faith.  The words to the hymn “Living by Faith” were written in 1918 by James Wells and Robert Winsett.  J.L. Heath put these words to music.  This hymn challenges me to consider the role of faith in my Christian life.

I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything,
And all of my worries are vain.

Though tempests may blow and the storm clouds arise,
Obscuring the brightness of life,
I’m never alarmed at the overcast skies—
The Master looks on at the strife.

I know that He safely will carry me through,
No matter what evils betide;
Why should I then care though the tempest may blow,
If Jesus walks close to my side.

Our Lord will return for His loved ones some day,
Our troubles will then all be o’er;
The Master so gently will lead us away,
Beyond that blest heavenly shore.

Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.