Our Christian Faith

For two thousand years people of every age, culture and country have discovered that in the person of Jesus Christ they have been brought to God.  Christians believe that in Jesus Christ, God was made man and taught his followers about belief, values and the meaning of life.

Who was Jesus?

Jesus Christ lived in what is now the Middle East and was executed by being nailed to a cross in about AD30.  He was in his early thirties when he died.  Jesus was put on trial for speaking about his beliefs and criticising the values of his society. He was sentenced to death and was crucified.  Three days later and to the amazement of his followers, who watched him die, Jesus was raised from the dead.  This experience transformed the lives of a group of very ordinary men and women.  They had witnessed evil overwhelmed by good.  Christianity had begun.

The Cross and new life

We believe that on the cross, Jesus who was without sin took our sin and death upon himself.  In his resurrection he broke down the barrier of death and opened the way to eternal life.  To those that trust and follow him he offers new life and a new start, the promise of his Holy Spirit to guide us, strengthen us and enable us to live according to his example and teaching.

The Holy Spirit

It is the presence of the Holy Spirit which Christians believe supports and leads the Church in its mission to share the Good News of the Gospels.  We know that no-one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes.  We all do.  But we believe God forgives us when we say sorry to him as we try to learn from what we have done wrong.  We don’t have all the answers.  Only God does.  By entering into a relationship with God, through his Son, Jesus, we look to serve him better with life he has given us.  Life itself now has a new meaning.  No failure or disaster can be beyond recovery.  Once a person has accepted that God cares for them, they look at other people in a new way – for God is equally concerned for each of us.

Prayer

Talking and listening to God is also for everyone, and for Christians it is the way we communicate with God our Father.  He speaks to us today through his Holy Spirit, through the Bible, through prayer and through other Christians.  All the important things in life – relationships, sex, work, money, and politics – are of concern to God