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The Christian Faith

 

The Christian Faith was best summed up by Jesus in the Bible (John Chapter 3 verse 16) when he said:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

The starting point of the Christian faith is a person - Jesus Christ- and the events of his birth, life, death and resurrection. Jesus came to help us have the relationship with God that we were all made for. If you would like to know more about how he does this, do follow link below


The rest of this website has much on different aspects of the Christian faith- The Church Guide, Bible and Prayer sections especially. The truth of God is at the same time simple and yet deep. One of the most brilliant theologians of the last century, Karl Barth, wrote many huge volumes on God and the Christian faith. He was once asked if he could sum up all his writings and what he had discovered about God and he thought for a while and then repeated two lines from a well known hymn:


Jesus loves me, this I know

For the bible tells me so.


For more on the Christian Faith click on the “MORE” button. However, if you would like to investigate the Christian Faith from a personal perspective then  please click on the button “THE GOSPEL” to the left of this panel.

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Bible Study, Join Us

One aspect of church life is the study of the Bible.  At present we have set up several study session on various aspects of the Christian Faith each lasting 4 or 5 weeks.  

In the future we plan more of these especially around the times of main Christian Festivals.

Because the bible is central to our faith it is important to learn and understand what the bible teaches.  We try not to give our opinion on any subject but to pass on the truth of scripture because we believe it is the inspired Word of God.

In time we hope to set up home groups where we can enjoy each others company and learn together about God’s Word in an informal setting.


Details of our plans will be posted on this web site under the “What’s On” section.  We pass on an open invitation to anyone who wishes to join us.


Later we will add links to useful web resources which we believe will be of interest to everyone.

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How to... pray

 

To ask the question why pray? is a bit like asking the question why breathe? One is essential to physical life; the other is essential to spiritual life. We pray to stay alive as Christians. We breathe the oxygen of Gods presence and love. John Pritchard, Beginning Again, 2000, SPCK).


Why does prayer matter?


•Sharing our lives with God, letting God in constantly.

•Getting to know God, living with God to explore God's Kingdom.

•To express our love to God and receive God's love.

•To express our love and commitment for others.

•To share our needs with God.


The Heart of Prayer


•NOT a secret language for the especially holy!

•NOT about learning a clever technique or magic formula!

Instead, think of prayer as like relationships and conversations:

•Just getting on with it - ordinary life continues, but against the backdrop of God's presence.

•Chatting - sharing with God in brief and simple ways a host of thoughts and needs, letting God in on our feelings.


The Bible - The “Word of God”

We believe the bible to be the inspired word of God.    

Over a period of 1400 or more years and about 60 different writers each contributing smaller books which are assembled into the bible.  That God guided the thoughts of these different writers to record  …..

Although it may not be obvious at first, the bible centres on one person that is Jesus

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