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We believe in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the creator and sustainer of creation. He has made himself known to humanity, most clearly through the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, and makes himself known personally to each believer through the work of the Holy Spirit.

You won’t ever be asked if you completely understand all this. But you are asked whether you believe and trust. This is called faith. It is a different sort of knowledge. It is the knowledge of being known and loved, and of loving in return.

The Christian faith is not a human invention. There are signs of God’s existence and handiwork in creation for anyone to read. But we believe in the way we do because God has come to seek us out and has made himself known to us. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the heart of our belief.

"Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word."

Hebrews 1.1–3

 

If you read Chapter 11 of the biblical book of Numbers, you will learn about the people of Israel in the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt. You will discover how they began to forget what God had done for them and ignore him. You will see Moses snapping under pressure. It is a vivid story of humanity, humour, hubris and humility. But it teaches us 4 important lessons:

One is remember the bigger picture. That is a good way to think of the Bible. The whole narrative of God’s relationship with humanity.

Two is keep a sense of perspective and don’t think everything relies on you. Look for the true centre of the story. The one who takes the pains and sins of the world on his shoulders, and salvation comes through him. That is Jesus.

Three is remember we are not alone. There is a community of friends and partners in this story. That is the Church.

Four is avoid the temptation to turn faith and the community of faith into your empire. God continues to surprise us. The way we think about the world, try to control things, the insecurities and power games; God undoes that and offers a different kind of world. That is the Kingdom of God.

Those four lessons are at the heart of Christian faith.

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