Not how I remembered it
I am a 50-something middle-aged man whose last real contact with church
had been through Sunday School and morning assemblies as a child at school.
In the intervening period since then, I hadn’t really given religion, or God,
much thought and, like most people, my only contact with church was through the odd christening, wedding and funeral.
It was in 2017 that I received quite a shock when my wife told me that she had been going to church for the last few months and had become a Christian. She wanted to share this with me so I went along to Grace Baptist Church to find out what it was all about.
The services were quite unlike those I remembered, with sermons focussed on readings from the Bible and then explanations of what this meant, together with how to apply the lessons in ordinary everyday life. This was real, useful stuff, and not at all like the formal ceremonial services I had attended in my youth.
The emphasis was entirely on getting to know Jesus, the promises and the sacrifices he made, so that we might enjoy eternal life in the future. The church also ran a course called “Christianity Explored” to introduce beginners like me to the Bible. This really opened my eyes. As one famous Christian has said, either Jesus means nothing, or he is the most important thing in the world.
I have looked at the evidence, and although my journey as a new Christian has just begun, I can honestly say that this – coming to find faith in Jesus - has been the most important thing that has happened to my life.
I hope that reading this might encourage you to explore what Jesus means and how he can help you to find meaning and joy in your life. Give it a try – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.