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GOD'S PRESENCE IN THE CHURCH

How we can find evidence of God’s
actual presence in the Church
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1.    INTRODUCTION

It is suggested that readers should first gain an overview of how to build faith and belief in God by accessing the article titled, “How to believe in God”, before going any further. That article provides a very brief description of how: to learn what God offers us through faith; to create a relationship with him; to understand how and where his presence can effect us;  to soundly evaluate evidence of his presence; to walk in step with him through life; find real personal freedom for ourselves.

But, let us get to the subject matter of this section of the website. It is very important, especially when starting out on the road to faith and belief, that we join a fellowship of faith, i.e. attend church services. Firstly, it is there that we will be guided in gaining knowledge of our potential relationships with him and our fellow human beings. Secondly, and very importantly, we can come to experience his actual presence there. Oh yea, you may well utter at that point (and I must admit, Ive been there, done that). So, stay with me ... please read on!

2.    WHERE AND HOW TO RECOGNISE HIS PRESENCE

The article following this one, provides a more detailed explanation of why attending fellowships of faith is recommended:

  • to gain knowledge of faiths basis,
  • to gain the positive benefits of faith to our lives,
  • to become an actual member of the church through Baptism,
  • to personally witness and experience genuine evidence of Gods presence there.

That last point may be a bit hard to accept right now, but ... well ... you may, like I did, have some unexpected surprises ahead.

The article that in turn follows the one mentioned above goes on to provide guidance on what type of church should suit you, the reader. Subtle evidence of Gods presence, there in those fellowships, is always available when you know how to recognise it. More powerful evidence and I actually refer to it as tangible evidence can be found in churches that belong to the Born Again/ Charismatic movement.

At that point, the contents of this section of the website gets into the real interesting stuff, i.e. gods actual presence in church. Obviously, from my point of view, this is of great importance to our belief building journey (what this website is largely about). If you wish to go straight to that subject now, then begin reading at, Experiencing the Holy Spirit and then examine the other guidance and explanations in this section of the website later. If doubts are threatening your ability to even consider that God actually participates in church services, please bear with me. As I have hinted in this article already, I was an atheist myself for a lengthy period and these types of events really offered a firm foundation for the sound belief in God that I now hold.

Having said that, I also remind you that faith should not be left at the door when leaving the weekly church service. The regular use of faith in day-to-day life is also extremely important for building belief in God. The article,Gods presence in our lives, briefly explains how we can recognise the presence of God in our everyday lives through the actual use of faith. We do this by inviting him into all aspects of our lives: benefiting from that relationship in many ways; continually growing in our beliefs; enhancing our two-way relationship with him.

3.    CONCLUSION

Recapping then, in order to build sound and genuine faith, that will endure, we must apply ourselves to both available areas of development, firstly by joining a community of faith and secondly through the use of faith in our day-to-day lives. This section of the website clearly focuses on that first area.

Continue to the next article, Why we go to church