the Jesus bits

For a while now I have been a Christian – I love and follow Jesus. I believe that He is the Son of God, who was born as a baby into this world and grew up into a man who then was crucified (executed on a Roman cross) and rose again from the dead three days later. I believe that through His death and resurrection, He took on Himself all the wrong things I do which separate me from God, and gave me the promise of everlasting life with God in Heaven after I die here on Earth

Why do I believe this?

First, all of this is written in the Bible, which I believe is God’s word, and through reading the Bible and studying small parts of it one at a time I have come to understand who Jesus is, what He did for me, and how amazing God is. If you haven’t read any of the Bible before, I’d recommend having a read of one of the four ‘Gospels’ – accounts of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection – the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the first four books of the New Testament if you open up a Bible. Even if you don’t think it’s for you, I think it’s fair to say that you can’t be sure until you’ve given it a go.

Second, I have experienced God being present in my life through encounters with the Holy Spirit.¬†For me it wasn’t until my first experience of really feeling the Holy Spirit fill me up, which was an incredibly joyful event, hard to put into words, that I knew what it was like to have a personal relationship with God – something I don’t think you can get from reading and studying the Bible alone. Through praying and worshipping God with singing I get to know God more through His Holy Spirit, and the more I get to know Him, the more He¬†changes me for the better.

So there are two foundations to my faith – historic events recorded in the Bible, and spiritual events that I have experienced in my own life. It’s not just about going to church on a Sunday (though that is an important part, as it gives me a specific time in the week to focus on God and meet with others who share my beliefs), but rather being a Christian is a way of life – I acknowledge that Jesus is at the centre of my life and I want to live the way He lived. If you’d like to find out more, all the posts I’ve written related to my faith are found HERE.

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