Christianity isn’t just a philosophy, although we think it has much wisdom to offer. It isn’t simply an ethical system, although it is very concerned about human evil and divine righteousness. It doesn’t teach us to perform rituals to please God, although Christians do have some distinctive practices.
Instead, as the name implies, Christianity is about following a person – Jesus Christ. Prayer is speaking to God personally, asking him to reveal himself to heart as well as mind. Luke records some of Jesus’ teaching and practice of prayer –
We’ll also be running our Simply Christianity course sometime during term 1. In short 1 hour sessions (over 5 weeks) everyone reads through Luke’s Gospel. Each session focuses on some key passages providing helpful input and giving lots of opportunity for group member questions.
There’s a course booklet for each participant, and it’s all free. The course is conducted in English, but if you require some help in Chinese or Korean, we can provide it.
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)
The starting point is to learn about Jesus which you can do by reading Luke’s Gospel. It was to give certainty to followers of Jesus that Luke wrote his Gospel. Here’s a modern version of an ancient Advent prayer for truly spiritual Bible learning…
Faithful God, you caused the Bible to be written for our learning. Help us to read, mark, learn, and inwardly feed on it, so that we may embrace and always hold firmly to the joyful hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The next step is to commit to following Jesus. Contact us if you’d like to have a leader call/email you to assist. And join a Bible-focused church, the regular gathering of local Christians helping each other follow him.