GOD'S PRESENCE IN THE CHURCH
How we can build faith and experience
God’s actual presence in the Church.
Importantly, please read the small article, “Sound Faith” before going on, if you have not already. It offers a framework for: building that level of sound faith, proving God’s
existence for yourself as a result of applying that faith to your life,
and receiving the potential benefits of his power in your life as a result!
And before going on, firstly let me offer a couple of definitions. The word “faith” on this website applies to an understanding of Bible content,
which is accepted as true although there may sometimes be no
evidence-based proof, particularly in the early days of our journey. On the other hand, the word “belief”
refers to acceptance of something as a result of genuine
evidence-based proof. A deeper explanation of the two terms is
available on this website.
important, especially when starting out on the road to faith and
belief, that we join a community/ fellowship of faith, i.e. attend
church services. Firstly, it is there that we will be guided in gaining
knowledge of the Lord and our potential relationships both with him and
our fellow human
beings. Secondly, and very importantly, we can come to experience his
actual presence there. Now I know that may not be easily accepted, by
you the reader, especially if you are just beginning your search for
faith. And I must admit, “I’ve been there, done that”. So, stay with me ... please read on!
also admit that it can be daunting to just walk in the door of a church for the
first time, but the result can definitely be life changing. There are
ways of reducing the challenge. For example, a number of courses are available
for beginners, common across church denominations, that teach Christian basics
and allow people to enter their churches of choice as part of a
group. The Alpha Course
is one example. It is available widely within 100 countries. Many, many
churches, of all denominations, make use of Alpha in this way, so be on
the lookout for advertising banners near churches.
2. WHERE AND HOW TO RECOGNISE HIS PRESENCE
The article following this one, the second in this section of the website, provides a more detailed explanation of why attending fellowships of faith is recommended:
- to gain knowledge of Christian faith and its application to life,
- to become an actual member of the church through Baptism,
- to gain the positive benefits of faith in our lives,
- to personally witness and experience genuine evidence of God’s presence there.
last point above may be a bit hard to accept right now, but ... well ... you
may, like I did, have some unexpected surprises ahead.
primary aim of this website is to help readers come to actually believe in God,
and comfortably settle into sound Christian faith as a result. So, the third article goes on to provide guidance on what type of church
should suit you, in that regard. Subtle evidence of God’s presence, there in those fellowships, is always available when you know how to recognise it. More powerful evidence – and I confidently refer to it as ‘tangible’ or ‘palpable’ – can be found in churches that belong to the Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement.
The contents of this section of the website, beginning with the fourth article, gets into the real interesting stuff, i.e. god’s actual presence in church: tangible evidence that is. Obviously, from my point of view, this is of
great importance to our belief building journey. 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 deep belief in God that I now hold. The multi week Alpha Course, mentioned above, also sensitively introduces the Charismatic movement’s
message and practises within its duration. I actually mean that God can, if he
chooses, make his presence obvious to course participants.
said all 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, and receiving the impact of his presence in our lives.
The article,“God’s presence in our lives”,
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
our beliefs; enhancing our two-way relationship with him as explained
in the Bible. We thus come to hold sound faith and acknowledge the
Recapping then, in order to build genuine belief in God and sound faith,
that will endure, we must apply ourselves to both available
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”.