What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a man-made practice or “rite” in which a person publicly admits
(or “professes”) his/her faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Furthermore, the
person promises that s/he would rather die than give up this faith in Christ. As a
church connected to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Trinity practices
the Rite of Confirmation and offers it to members, both adults and youth.
Why do we practice Confirmation?
The Lutheran Church believes, teaches, and practices Infant Baptism because we
believe that God’s Holy Spirit can and does give faith, even to infants.
Confirmation is an opportunity to give the person who may have been baptized
as a baby (and thus, had no say in the process!) to finally stand up on their own
and personally connect to that faith. They are “confirming” the faith that they
receive in Baptism.
Does my child have to be confirmed?
While confirmation is not required in the Bible, it is an important part of our
heritage as Lutherans. Confirmation is a personal and voluntary act that connects
people to congregational membership. By being confirmed, a person is publicly
proclaiming that they have studied the Bible and the doctrine of the Lutheran church
and that they believe in it and trust in Jesus as their Savior from sins.