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GOD'S PRESENCE IN THE CHURCH

How we can build faith and experience
God’s actual presence in the Church.


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1.    INTRODUCTION

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 Gods 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.

It is very 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, Ive been there, done that. So, stay with me ... please read on!

Ill 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. There are a number of courses available for beginners, common across 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.

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 Gods presence there.

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

The primary aim of this website is to help readers come to 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 Gods 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 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. gods 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 movements message and practises within its duration. I actually mean that God can, if he chooses, actually make his presence obvious to course participants.

Having 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. 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 as explained in the Bible. We thus come to hold sound faith and acknowledge the benefits.

3.    CONCLUSION

Recapping then, in order to build genuine belief in God and sound 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