For the last few months in family devotion we have been studying the Apostles' Creed. Right now Evan is memorizing the Third Article and its meaning. Today we focused on the first part of that meaning (from Luther's Small Catechism):
"I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him . . . . "
As we discussed the sentence above, this dialogue occurred:
Phillip - "Evan, do you believe in Jesus?"
Evan - "Yes."
Phillip - "But how can you do that? We just confessed that we cannot by our own reason or strength believe in Him. What makes you believe?"
Evan - "The Holy Spirit."
Phillip - "Very good, Evan! And how does the Holy Spirit do that?"
Evan - "In baptism."
Phillip - "Yes, that's right! And what gift did the Holy Spirit give you in baptism?"
Evan - "Believance."