What’s it all about?
The Christian faith is all about the love of Jesus and all of life. At the centre of our faith is God the Creator of all, and from whom all life originates.
Significantly Christianity is about Jesus Christ who is God in human form. God became one of us in order to show us what God is like, how much God loves us and teach us how we can live in harmony with God’s creative purposes.
This story of Jesus, his birth, life, death and resurrection, is the good news of God showing up and showing us the way of love. His death and resurrection is particularly celebrated because it is the means by which we are forgiven and set free from the guilt of our sins.
Sin is anything that disrupts the good creative purposes of God which results in the suffering of us and others. Jesus said that he came that we might have life in all its fullness and we take hold of this life by surrendering our lives to Him. The way of Jesus is the way of love and is not something imposed on us but by asking for God for his Holy Spirit to be in us so that God’s love takes root in our hearts, directing and empowering our whole lives. This then helps us live as a blessing to others, enabling us to make a positive difference in the world.
We gather as Christians (followers of Jesus) to celebrate our God and to encourage and teach one another the way of Jesus. Together we are the Church.
There are a variety of different flavours of the Church, each with different histories, different ways and styles of worship, organisation and small differences and emphasis of beliefs, teachings. We share a common foundation in Jesus Christ. Methodism was born out of the preaching of John Wesley who went all over the UK on horseback, teaching people about Jesus.
He would gather people in the streets and fields and teach them in the open air. As a result thousands of people became followers of Jesus and John Wesley organised them into local societies where they would meet to read the Bible and pray together. Over time, these societies became Churches and built buildings as meeting places for Bible study, prayer and worship. Today Methodism has thousands of Churches around the world.
John Wesley taught that all people needed to be saved from their sins, that no one was excluded but all could be saved, that we can be sure of our salvation and experience life in all its fullness.
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