Are you just looking?
Are you interested in learning more about the Christian faith? Why not consider attending an Alpha Course or a Christianity Explored Course?
We also provide regular opportunities for people to find out more about what a relationship with Jesus involves - please contact our Minister or Families worker for further details.
Is it possible to know God personally?
This is one of the most important questions we can ever ask. It is one thing to believe that God exists. Indeed many feel sure that there must be a supreme Being behind a universe which clearly shows evidence of order and design. However, it is another matter altogether to actually say that we can KNOW GOD.
The world's best selling book, the Bible, says that God is knowable. In fact, it encourages us to look for him:
'Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near' - Isaiah 55v.6
It tells us that He has revealed Himself to everyone in various ways;
'The heavens declare the glory of God ; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.' - Psalm 19v.1
THROUGH OUR CONSCIENCES
'...their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusingn now even defending them.' - Romans 2v.15
' In the past God spoke ... through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son..' - Hebrews 1v.1-2
The Bible itself claims to be the inspired Word of God. From beginning to end it reveals God to us. It tells us why God seems so far removed from us and it also tells us how we can come to know Him in a personal way:
God is holy and we are sinful, so we are cut off from Him -
'But your iniquities have seperated you from God; your sins have hidden his face from you' - Isaiah 59v.2
God has provided a way for sinners to be brought back to him -
'For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God' - 1 Peter 3v.18
God was willing to do this because of His great love for those He has made -
'God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners Christ died for us' - Romans 5v.8
God wants us to turn away from our sin and to seek his mercy and forgiveness -
'..turn to the Lord and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon' - Isaiah 55v.7
God invites people to enter His family -
'to all who received Him (Jesus), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God' - John 1v.12
Perhaps you don't believe it is possible to find and know God, even if He does exist. We believe that the Bible shows it is possible and we have found this to be true in our own lives. Someone once said that we can't find God for the same reason a thief can't find a policeman - a thief isn't looking for a policeman!
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GOD?
'"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you" declares the Lord' - Jeremiah 29 v.13-14.
The greatest possible blessing is to know God!
For more information
It is obviously not possible to answer every question in such a short space, so we understand you might still be wanting to know more. For a free booklet, or to ask any more questions, then please feel free to contact our minister, Rev Rachael Wilson at: email@example.com.
Alternatively, why not attend an Alpha Course? For more details see below.
The Alpha course is a fantastic introduction to Christianity. Courses are offered regularly by the Church. If you have ever wanted to know more about the Christian faith, then why not attend? The weekly talks address topics such as, "Who is Jesus?" and "Why Did Jesus Die?".
We will run another course when possible. The last course ran on a Thursday evening for about 10 weeks. Each evening consists of an informal supper, or just coffee, followed by a DVD presentation, then a time of discussion. More information will be coming soon - for now contact us or visit The Alpha Course to find out more.