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From the Rector

 

Recently, I was out for dinner with a group of guys from our Benefice area. As always, the conversation was full of fun, but a little challenging as well. As you might expect, I take for granted the reasons why a person chooses to be a Christian, but I sometimes forget this process is not as simple for others. It was pointed out that some see the Christian faith as a chosen way of life, a moral code, a belief system that shapes the way we live and think, but only one option among many. That other belief systems, religious or secular, can similarly inform and shape the good intentions of many.

Clearly, this is very true, so what makes Christianity special or different? In fact, does it need to be special or different from other faiths or belief systems to be valued? On the one hand, the answer has to be no because faith in God through Jesus helps many people to navigate their way through life and this will always be good, but on the other hand, the answer must be yes because Christianity claims to be more than a belief system. Recently, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday in our churches. A powerful reminder that God’s love is to be experienced as well as believed. That God is not simply telling us what to do or believe, He comes to live with us and in us, to help us to live and believe.

In John 14 v 23 Jesus says; ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love you, and we will come to you and make our home with you.’ 

This is the unique and extraordinary part of being a Christian. Something actually happens to us, changes us, helps us, empowers us. How do I know? It’s happened to me. Let me give you a personal example: I, by nature, am a shy person who would rather listen than speak in front of people. I remember praying when my football career ended suddenly, that I would love to do anything other than a job where I had to speak to crowds of people. I had experience of doing this whilst I was a football player and it terrified me. As I prayed, I knew God had given me a passion for sharing my faith despite my fears, and this would be the life He was calling me to. I pray every time I speak in public that God will help me overcome my natural fear, and He does! Christianity is so much more than a good way of life, as God comes to help us through whatever our lives bring. Why not ask Him to help you?

Alan Comfort, Rector

 

 

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7905
Built: 1100
Archdeaconry: HERTFORD (323)
Deanery: BISHOPS STORTFORD (32302)
Parish Legal Name: The Mundens (320216 32/216)
CofE Church Info: (632216 32/216)
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This page was last updated on Tuesday 26th May 2015
 
 
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