I was surprised 
Eric Beaumont

As a bit of a change this time, one of our members, Eric Beaumont (who incidentally was an elder at his prevous church) writes for us.
I have been asked to write a blog and since I am none too sure what that is it could be an interesting exercise!

Our trust in the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ is based entirely on faith.  We would want our name to be associated with that wonderful chapter Hebrews 11 which starts with a beautiful definition of faith: ‘Now faith is the assurance, or confirmation, of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality - faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses’.

The chapter goes on to list great people of the Old Testament who had unshakable faith in God.  But then comes a tremendous promise.  In verse 40 we read, ‘God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us’.

What is this promise?  If we move to chapter 12 verse 2 we find the eternal answer, ‘Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus, who is the leader and source of our faith and also its finisher’. 
Having Jesus continually in our consciousness makes our faith eternally secure.

 Another aspect of our faith includes believing in God as the creator of the world. It comes as a surprise to find that at long last, recent scientific discovery agrees that the universe must have been created by an initial supreme force, or God, as we would term him.  Science goes on to claim that this wonderful green world is unique and could not be replicated in other galaxies.  It is suggested that God’s preparation for planet earth started at no less than galaxy level.

The best part of J.B. Phillips’ book Your God is too Small is its title and even science goes on to claim that our God is far bigger than we ever thought.  I would suggest that all of us should rethink our concept of God and esteem him far bigger than we have ever done before.  When we do this we begin to see that some of the man-made barriers between churches disappear.
 

(Quotations are taken from the Amplified Bible, pub. Zondervan.)