GOD'S PRESENCE IN THE CHURCH
How we can build faith and experience
God’s actual presence in the Church.
It is suggested that readers should first gain an
overview of how to build faith and belief in God by accessing the article titled, “Believing 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
find real personal freedom for ourselves.
But, let us get to the subject matter of this section of the website, beginning with this article. It provides an overview of ‘church life’, its benefits, where and how we can experience God’s actual presence there.
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 our potential relationships with the Lord 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, “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. 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, 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 believe in God,
and comfortably settle into 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’ – can be found in churches that belong to the Born Again/ 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 sound 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 mean that God can, if he
chooses, actually 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.
The article,“God’s 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.
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”.