Christian faith – a relationship with a God you cannot see.
Have you ever had a spiritual experience? What happened?
How spiritual do you see yourself to be as a person? What do you mean by that?
A look at the Bible
God spoke to the shepherds in the field through an angel, saying:
Today in the town of David (*Bethlehem) a Saviour has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you (*to help you recognise the baby I’m speaking of): You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger (*which is an animal feeding trough).
Luke 2:1–12 in the Bible (*explanation)
If you were an all powerful, good God, and you wanted humans to have a trusting relationship with you, how would you reveal yourself to them? (Remember, you don't want to scare them, but also you can do anything because you are God).
If you, as God, decided to come to earth as a human, where would you be born, what kind of people would you choose as your parents, and why? Compare this to what God chose to do in Jesus.
How does the belief that God loves you and wants to have an authentic friendship with you make you feel?
Do you find having faith in God's love easy or hard? Why?
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What do you think about the distinction this video is making?
Dear God, thank you not only for life, and this amazing planet - but also for loving us, and giving us the chance to know you. Thank you for all the special things you've done in history, that you led people to write about, so that we could read about it many hundreds of years later in the Bible to learn about you.
Some of us struggle with the idea of faith. We struggle to see you as a God who is near. Please help me to believe, and through faith to find your reality in a way that is real for me. Please speak to our hearts.