For our Lenten devotions and practices, we are loosely following the course of our Baptism class, with topics graduated to a more adult level. The first topic is “confession.” We ask those coming to be baptized to make a simple confession, one that is repeated weekly in our traditional worship service: “We believe Jesus is the Christ, Son of the Living God, and accept him as Lord and Savior.” Our communal confession comes from the Preamble to the Design of the Christian Church (DOC), and it contains several “church” words and concepts that have deep meaning within a certain context. Yet that context differs for each of us. We have different experiences, different knowledge, varied bits of wisdom and spiritual intuition. Therefore, I wonder what these words mean to you. Who is Jesus? How do you understand the Christ (the chosen one)? What is the significance of the “Living God?” What does it mean to proclaim Christ as “Lord” and “Savior?” I invite your answers, or questions. Your thoughts, reflections and experiences.
How does your understanding of this confession/profession grow your faith, nurture your spirit or change the way you live?