That they will grow in their love of God;
That they will become familiar with the essential teaching of the Christian faith; and,
That they will form authentic, affirming friendships with one another and with Christian mentors.
Confirmation comes from the ancient biblical practice of confirming faith in those who are baptized. In the book of Acts (9:14-23 and 19:1-9), we hear about church leaders laying hands on the newly baptized and praying for them to receive the Holy Spirit, which brings strength and wisdom for the living out of the Christian’s calling to love God and love others. In those days, baptism was primarily for adults and the confirmation process either preceded or immediately followed the baptism.
Today, many Christians are baptized as infants. As Lutherans, we believe that we do not choose God but that God chose us as his beloved children and welcomes us into his family through our baptism. Therefore, our confirmation of faith takes place when we come of age, in a sense, and can personally make promises for ourselves, and to God, through our own thoughts, deeds, and words. The Confirmation process culminates in a “promise-making” ritual we call, “The Affirmation of Baptism.” We hope you enjoy our journey together!