Homework for the Heart: Your Doctrinal Statement

For a while there, it was the “in” thing for groups, organizations, even families, to write up a “mission statement.”  Something that described their purpose, their priorities.  I came across this over at Angela’s blog, and I am inspired to write my own doctrinal/mission statement.  Why should I be willing to lazily tell others to look up what my church believes in order to describe where I stand on things?

Here is something for your inspiration and perusal.  It contains the basic framework of a doctrinal statement, but is not so sterile and generic.  It embodies a spiritual journey, lessons learned, and worship.  Maybe you’ll be motivated to try this spiritual exercise as well:

I believe in Jehovah God who created the whirling galaxies, the birds soaring in the sky overhead, the endless crashing waves and all that dances within them.
I believe in Father of all who knits together life, made in His very own image, in the secret quiet of our beings.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the One with no earthly Father, with the dust of this earth between His toes, and with our names etched onto the palm of His hands, right beneath the nail scars…Who now sits at the Father’s right hand making endless intercession on our behalf.
I believe in the stone rolled away, in the Body being raised, in the first fruits of the dead…and us all following soon, very soon.
I believe in the Cross as our only Hope, our only Claim, and our only Foundation. I believe that in the pounding surf of life we have only one thing to cling to: the feet of our Lord, hanging on that tree, His lifeblood flowing down, washing us whiter than snow.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, moving, whispering, indwelling our very skin. I believe in living by the Spirit, walking in the Spirit, and producing fruit in the Spirit…in the Spirit who helps us in our weakness with groanings that can’t be expressed in words.

I believe in the infallibility of the Bible, God’s Word – a sure Word, a pure Word, the only secure Word. I believe the words on those pages are breathed from the very throne room of heaven, are the love letter penned from the heart of the Lover of our souls; a beacon of light for stumbling feet to find sure footing on a dark path.

I believe there is more than believing. There is living what I believe.

~Ann Voskamp

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