New to Christianity
New to Christianity
Am I a Christian? How do I know? Do you ask yourselves these questions? Or do you have other questions about Christianity?
God calls each of us to Himself differently - some are raised in Christian families, others through family and friends, some through circumstance and others seek the meaning of life - and so the list goes on. Whatever the reason we believe: all can find comfort and certainty in Christ. Who ransomed Himself for our sins through His death and resurrection, so that we might have life.
Relationship, reading the Bible, Christian fellowship and prayer are important in Christian life.
As with all well founded relationships, communication is very important; so too with our relationship with God. Two things to do to grow in our relationship are: pray and read God’s word.
Praying might seem like a daunting task at first: you may have heard beautiful prayers and thought to yourself that you'll never be able to pray that well. Firstly realise God listens to your heart. You may think that your prayers aren’t good but all prayer that comes from the heart is beautiful to God. Secondly, and more importantly, you will begin to realise as you grow that prayer comes from God. God has given you everything you need to pray effectively, through His Holy Spirit. Ask God to bring to mind what to pray and keep your heart and mind focused on Him in your daily life.
God’s word the Bible, besides being a great history book, reveals to us the character of God: His love, His grace, His truth. It is the inspired word of God. Don't worry if you find this hard to understand right now. Keep reading the Bible and God will give you understanding. It is wonderful to discover and experience the wisdom, guidance, grace and love of God as we read His word.
As you read the Bible, you might ask yourself: why is the Bible is so graphic and violent in some sections, to say the least? Is an image of someone being crucified on a cross something you like to have in your mind? Not normally. Think of it this way: the Bible merely describes what humankind is capable of. It illustrates in contrast why Jesus Christ needed to pay the ultimate ransom for our short comings – our sin. It shows us how much God loves us. God could easily rid Himself of us, yet instead He wants to be with us and reveals His truth and love to those who listen. In case you are wondering why Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross: horrible and cruel but also loving and kind. How? Why not read the gospels in the Bible; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? The gospel of John is a good place to start. The gospel of Mark is an easy read for those who prefer that as a starting point.
A relationship with God is not about going it alone. True, your relationship with God is different to any other, so we need each other to build our relationship with God. No doubt, no matter who we are, we will stumble many times in our lives; sometimes a little , sometimes a lot: so we need our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to help each us along the way. Some good insights about this can be found in Romans 12:3-8 (NRSV):
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
We hope this has helped you with your eternal relationship with God. If you would like to find out more about Christian faith or seek Christian fellowship, we at All Saints would love to hear from you.