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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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