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Life Stories

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Life Stories

You will hear about the lives of ordinary people who have met with an extraordinary God and seen their lives transformed!

We believe that God created us to have friendship with Him, but as human beings we messed up and sin entered the world. When you say the word sin, people start trying to explain or excuse behaviour, but it so much more than the wrong stuff we say, do or think. It is basically choosing to live life without God. The result of this sin, is separation from God here on earth and for eternity.

But God loves you so much that He would rather die than be without that friendship.That’s where Jesus comes in. Jesus is right at the centre of the Christian faith. Jesus, the Son of God, who was born in human form, lived a life and then gave that life up because He loves you and me and wanted to make a way to knowing God and being forgiven.

Jesus summed up why He came – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 – The NIV  Bible)

Jesus came to pay the price for the sin in our lives. He died a truly awful death on a Roman Cross, in order to take the blame for our wrong, even though He had done nothing wrong Himself. He offers us a fresh start, forgiveness, purpose in life and the promise of eternity in heaven with Him.

If you want to know more about exploring Christianity please check out the dates of the latest Alpha Course, http://www.lookingforgod.com  or contact us at the church office.  We would love to help and chat with you.

If you’d like to begin a personal relationship with Jesus today, then here is a suggested prayer to help you make this fresh start…

Lord Jesus Christ,

I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. I ask your forgiveness. I turn away from living life without you. Thank you for dying on the cross for me to set me free from my sins, all the wrong stuff I say, do think. Please come into my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and be with me forever. I want to follow you. Thank you Lord Jesus.
Amen.

More life stories will follow…

Greg Handy

About Me...
My name is Greg and this is my life story. Church was not a place I had been in or around; I would mostly be found on some kind of sports field, playing rugby, cricket, hockey or football. I do remember, aged 15, going to watch my future wife get baptized. (I did not know Hayley would be my wife at the time I have to say Hayley is the best thing I have in my life and someone I look up to). I believe this was the beginning of God planting a seed.

Fast forward 10 years, I had been married 8 years and was struggling with drink; this having a massive effect on my life and marriage. I woke up one morning and just stopped drinking and to this day praise God I have not had a drop since. Again I look back now and know that all this was again through the power and Grace of God that this happened .

I gave my heart to the Lord and chose to follow Him in January of 2006. It was a great day as there was this feeling of knowing I was not on my own, I would always have someone to talk to, to be strong for me and to protect me from the darkness.

My Christian life has been busy with lots packed into a short time.

I have been on mission to Africa. Again I grew in God massively and quickly, while there I prayed for people and stood in front of many people to give my testimony (on a football pitch God knew how to make me feel at home). I praise the power and glory of God because this was something I would never have dreamed of doing 6 months before.

I also teach in our Kidz Church and I find it brilliant to spend time with the young people (12-16years).

My walk with God has only been a short one so far, but I have been blessed in many ways. I now run a cricket school which I believe again was given to me by God and I also have some great friends in the church. I have learnt many things in my walk but to sum it up - God is the one and only true God, His power is the greatest and you can do all things in Christ who strengthens you.



Dawn Franks

About me...
My name is Dawn and a few years ago I was in a dark place with no true friends and a really bad attitude. I had no confidence and my head was always down, I smoked and was very selfish. This is my story

I came to faith and began to believe in Jesus when I started asking my cousin questions about God.

At my 30th birthday party in a pub, as normal I was drinking, smoking but the next morning my whole view on life had changed. I knew something had to change.

The next day I went to the Elim church and gave my life to Christ. For the first time in my life, I found true happiness, hope, peace and love in Christ.

There is not enough space to tell you all that Jesus has done for me! He is so great and amazing. He has died for me on the cross and helped me give up smoking, God has given me confidence. I have gone from no church background or belief to following Jesus and experiencing His grace. He has given me the choice to serve with happiness and pride because of His amazing love for me.