Confession of Faith

Laura SchoemakerRecently the international church celebrated Pentecost. In the Netherlands it is common for young people to confess their faith on Pentecost Sunday. They then say aloud that they want to follow Jesus, and why they want to do so. One of the young people who confessed her faith last Pentecost Sunday, is Laura Schoemaker. About the reason why she wants to follow Jesus, she says: “Through Jesus Christ God has shown that he is loving and merciful.”

God’s mighty hand

Laura: “I was recently on a bird excursion. I don’t remember why we started this conversation, but one of the group members told us that he had bought his binoculars from a pastor. Someone then joked: ‘Certainly he could not find God through the binoculars?’ While he said so, I thought in fact he did! Because when I see a very small bird up close and look at the colour palette on its plumage, I see God’s omnipotence in it! How all things in nature are a link, together creating a perfect chain… That is so fascinating. And for me it is a reason to see God’s mighty hands behind it.”

Confession

“To me, doing my confession of faith is much more than believing that God is the Creator of heaven and earth. The word ‘God’ could be somewhat vague and distant, but while His Son Jesus came to the world, He showed us that He is loving and merciful! By hanging at the cross for us! That’s why, for my confession, I chose Colossians 1:15-20 as Bible text. It states that Jesus, in whom God lives, is the Creator and Origin, and He brings peace through his death at the cross.”

Colossians 1:15-20
15. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. 17. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20. and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Bible, New International Version)