PromisesToday’s Word: ‘Promises’ as in… our images of the Divine, of Jesus, of the Spirit really do inform how we live out the promises we make as followers.

I was talking with some high school students recently about their faith journeys. These young people were preparing to ‘affirm their baptisms’ which in our context is historically known as Confirmation.

We talked about images of God and what they ‘see’ when they imagine God’s activity in their lives. It’s always a fascinating conversation that reveals not only the images they carry, but the many different images that we, as their mentors, friends and guides, have suggested along the way. We talked about images of Jesus and ways of understanding the missional call to “be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.” We then talked about how the Spirit’s presence impacts people on a daily basis.

These were awesome conversations with some awesome young people. All of this was set within the context of five rich, layered and specific promises:

“…to live among God’s faithful people; to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper; to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; to serve all people, following the example of Jesus; and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

When I asked one young student how she understood these promises in her life, she talked about the importance of gathering with her friends for worship each week. She told me that the people that she worships with are some of her closest friends and that she really can’t imagine being without them in worship—to say nothing of life in general.

So many images, five promises. How do your images of God, Jesus, and the Spirit impact the promises you make as a follower?


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