Taking steps towards a relationship with God? Let us help you
We all have questions about the meaning of life, our purpose, and whether or not there is a God.
Often we ask these questions when times are hard, when we are struggling. Others will find the questions come when they feel comfortable - yet with a nagging feeling that there is more to life than they are experiencing.
Seek, and ye shall find...
We truly believe that God is a welcoming, loving father, who desperately wants you to know him.
Each and every one of us can know this love and enter into a deep and loving relationship with God, no matter who you are or how you feel.
Christianity is about accepting this truth and sharing Jesus Christ’s love with those who feel as if they are unworthy; those who are disadvantaged or broken.
The beginning of faith is to accept the truth that you are loved and unique individual; that you are made in God’s image. Despite your flaws, failures and worries, God loves you.
Here's some practical things you can do:
- Talk to someone. It might be you want to come and speak to a vicar at your local church. If that feels like too much too soon, speak to someone who you think might be sympathetic to your questions.
- Explore faith. There are courses such as the Alpha Course which offer a safe, welcoming environment to ask questions of faith. There are online resources such as rejesus.co.uk which explore who Jesus was, or sites like GodVine which offer inspiration as we look to seek evidence of God.
- See what others say. Often it is the experiences of others which help lead us to a place of faith. We have some fantastic Stories of Faithfulness from people within the diocese of Worcester.
Being a Christian
By Baron Williams of Oystermouth
Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ and, in common with other Christians, seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught.
Central to that relationship is knowing we can trust God. Saint Paul says at the end of the eighth chapter of his letter to the Church in Rome, 'if God is for us, who can be against us?' And this is the heart of faith.
How do we know that 'God is for us'? Because Jesus Christ, the one human being who is completely in tune with God - with what God wants and what God is doing - has carried the burden of our human betrayals of God and running away from goodness. He has let himself be betrayed and rejected, executed in a humiliating and agonising way, and yet has not turned his back on us. Death did not succeed in silencing him or removing him from the world. He is alive; and that means that his love is alive, having survived the worst we can do.
Nothing - says St Paul in the same passage - can separate us from this love. But this isn't an excuse for doing what we like, knowing we can get away with it. Once we know that God is 'for us', we open up to the gift that God wants to give us - which is a share in his own love and freedom and mercy. We breathe with his breath - that's part of what it means to say that we receive God's 'Spirit', which makes us live like Jesus 'in tune' with God. If we have really taken the message in, we shall live lives of selfless generosity, always asking how the gifts given us - material or imaginative or spiritual or whatever - can be shared in a way that brings other people more fully alive. And we shall be able to trust the generosity of others and be free to receive what they have to give us.
Generosity, gratitude, confidence that when we fail we are still loved - all of this focused on Jesus' life and death and resurrection. That's where we start in the lifelong job of being a Christian.