There are several good reasons to have a simple, clear statement of faith. Here are three.
In a recent message at the Resolved Conference John Piper encouraged young believers to create a simple, clear statement of faith.
Why? Several reasons.
One, it’s useful to break down complex, sweeping ideas like Christianity into a simple, easy-to-digest concept.
Especially if you are young and forming a worldview.
You need something like Colossians 1:16 to rally around:
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Furthermore, you need a “simple, short, crisp, true, solid, ultimate and all-encompassing statement” so that when the pressure is on you don’t have to remember a book or even a creed.
But you can’t.
In addition, a short, crisp statement is like a compass when tempted to run off course. My statement helps me keep focused on the content of my life, marriage, work and this blog.
In my statement of faith I see my single, solitary purpose in life. And all temptations must filter through that one statement. If the temptation doesn’t pass the test, off to the dust bin.
What is my statement? “Christ and Christ crucified.”
Ridiculously short creed, yes. But in it I see the person I should eye at all times and his work I should never forget.
What about you: Do you have a simple, clear statement of faith? Please share.
**Part of The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Sharing the Gospel series.**