Faith | United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing

United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing

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What is faith?

Faith is to believe in something that you might not necessarily know. For some it comes naturally and has always been there. For most it's hard work, comes and goes and constantly being challenged. Regardless of how you come to faith, whether it is through a feeling of God's existence or with an experience of the lives and actions of faithful people, it should be taken seriously.

Faith is often seen as the opposite, or even the enemy, of reason. This is simply not true. St Thomas Aquinas believe that science, reason and knowledge were all key to deepening our faith and understanding of God. Faith is the tool we use to tackle the big questions of 'Why' not an alternative to Science which asks 'How'. Christians, like those of other faiths, seek to better understand the relationship between humankind and God.

The Christian faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and shares much of it's holy writings with Judaism and also some with Islam. It is different in that it teaches that God reached out to us by becoming one of us, by becoming human. This is the incarnation, which literally means becoming flesh. The how, why and so what is what we seek to answer through our learning, worship and life together.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Christian faith there are many books and resources to explore. Alternatively you could contact one of the ministry team who would be happy to help you answer you questions or explore them a little further. Christian's don't all believe the same thing, but they do all share the same holy book and a good place to start would be reading one of the four accounts of Jesus' life found in the New Testament in one of the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

Do you have a outline of what you believe?

The creed is the statement read at baptisms and every Sunday that gives the outline of what Christian's believe:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

A prayer for understand:

help us to be slow to speak, quick to listen, and eager to give the benefit of the doubt to others. We often jump to conclusions that are erroneous due to our own preconceived ideas or based on past experiences.  Give each of us an understanding heart, a forgiving attitude, and a discerning spirit as we relate to those who intersect our paths from day to day

A prayer for an increase in Faith:

in glorifying Christ and sending us your Spirit,
you open the way to eternal life.
May our sharing in this gift increase our love
and make our faith grow stronger.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,.

A prayer for strength, wisdom and patience:

Dear God,
I come to you as I am - tired, confused and demoralised. Lift me up Lord. Strengthen me with your Holy Spirit and bless me with your graces so that I can carry on until I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I feel my crosses now are too heavy to carry. I surrender them to You and help me get through all my work troubles. Bless me with wisdom so that I can put all my worries and problems in proper perspective.

Make me more patient so I can hold on until you turn things around for my favour. This I ask through Your Son Jesus Christ, my friend and saviour.