These readings from our church bulletin today really encouraged me. We read these before having the Lord's supper together.
Q: What is true faith?
A: True faith - created in me by the Holy Spirit through the gospel - is not only a knowledge and conviction that everything that God reveals in His Word is true, but also a deep-rooted assurance that not only others, but I too, have had my sins forgiven, have been made right with God, and have been granted salvation. These are gifts of sheer grace earned for us by Christ.
- adapted from the Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 21
Q: Do you have faith in Jesus Christ?
A: I believe in the Lord Jesus who undertook his office of mediator completely voluntarily. In order to discharge it, he was made under and perfectly fulfilled the law. He endured extremely severe torment in his soul and extremely painful suffering in his body. He was crucified and died. He was buried and remained under the power of death, but his body did not decay. On the third day, he rose from the dead with the same body in which he had suffered and with which he also ascended into heaven. There he sits at the right hand of his Father, interceding for believers. He will return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.
- adapted from Westminster Confession of Faith VII.4