If you’re looking at attending a religious university or Christian college, congratulations! These institutions provide students with a focused environment where it’s much less likely you’ll be required to struggle against the intolerant views of blatantly anti-Christian professors and students.
When you’re staring at a mountain of admissions applications and entrance essay instructions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. When the essay instruction reads, My Personal Statement of Faith, the uncertainty of knowing how to put into words your most deeply held convictions – especially if you’re not all that clear on what you believe – can be petrifying.
There’s no need to be intimidated, however. A personal statement of faith is nothing more than a short explanation of your spiritual beliefs. If you aren’t yet clear on your personal beliefs, there’s no better time than now to determine exactly what foundation will be the basis for your life.
Here’s a thorough guide detailing what topics an admissions committee will expect to find in your statement of faith. Feel free to be creative, personal, and enthusiastic; make it you’re own!
What do you believe about the Scriptures?
The Holy Bible is world’s best selling, most oft-quoted, yet most underestimated book. What do you believe about it? What does it mean in your everyday life? Have you ever even read it? Even if you decide to attend a secular university, knowledge of the Bible is indispensable to understanding everything from literary allusions to why you should avoid credit card scams the week of freshman orientation.
In your statement of faith, everything depends on what you believe about the Bible. If you don’t believe it’s the Word of God, everything else you believe will need some basis for belief. For example, if you think the Bible is a collection of fairy tales, yet you believe in heaven, you’ll need to have a solid reason for your belief in the afterlife other than wishful thinking.
Deciding to believe the Bible as it’s plainly written makes it much easier to settle on what is objectively true, not just what you hope is true. After all, a statement of faith without any logical starting point is just an exercise in creative writing.
Here are some questions to ask yourself. Write the answers as your statement of faith.
After each of your belief statements, it’s important to cite your rationale from Scripture. It’s helpful to know what the Bible says to offer a logical basis for your beliefs.
What do you believe about Jesus?
Some other important belief statements
Obviously, what you believe about the Bible, God, and Jesus are the bedrock foundational elements of any Christian belief system. There are many others that are also vitally important. Although it’s by no means an exhaustive list, here are some basic questions to get you started.
If you’re unclear on some of these questions, no problem; stick to the points you’re certain about, and don’t expect yourself to know every answer. Let this be a starting point to decide what you do believe on each of these points so that by the time you graduate, you can build the rest of your life on the solidity of truth, not the sinking sand of uncertainty.
The key to your Statement of Faith is just that; it is your statement. Your words should represent your faith, beliefs and your relationship with Go.