- That in Him I have hope in Him and in the heavenly city where I shall no longer be caught by sin and indeed be rather freer than ever before. What, then, is my sole comfort in life and death? “That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.”
- (bound to the first) That God has been and always is faithful and good in His patient work of redemption in this world even before all of it is consummated for the new creation, that is, that He would not abandon it or destroy it immediately, but was incarnated to yield His life an atonement for sin and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
- (bound to the first) That life in Him is not just an absolution from hellfire but really a life of abundance in which we can glorify God and enjoy Him forever. That He came to save me not from hell merely but from the darkness of my own sin and that His perfect will is higher than my will and His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts.
- The body of Christ. Imperfect, but always being reformed in Christ to be presented holy and blameless before Him, without spot or blemish. This community in which to serve and to be ministered to. Brethren who help me out of a game when I’m in a nauseous state and feed me magic sandwiches or go out past 3 a.m. to get me something for my constipation or work out my knotted cramps or give me encouragements and faithful wounds of a friend, that I might change to be like my Lord and Saviour. The sacred mystery of the church.
- Parents who helped me find a church the first week of my freshman year and committed to support me financially through the end of my undergraduate schooling (even when it took the majority of the family’s income). And the rest of the family, of course.