I grew up in a Christian family. My Mum and Dad met at the Nazarene Theological College sometime in the
1940’s and dad became a Methodist Minister. They were both devout Christians. However the result of this is
that I have never known a time when Christ - and praying, was not a part of my life.
But there is nothing so ill-fitting as ‘hand me down faith’ and each generation must discover their faith anew.
Somewhere along the way I made a commitment to Christ, but I can't remember a time or date for that, and so
I have doubted my salvation and struggled with the reality of my faith.
I was baptised at Wigmore Free Church in my late teens, but I must have wasted a lot of time in my doubt, until
I read John 15 v 3 - ‘You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you’. It was as if a light was
switched on and I could rest.
That doesn't mean I have been a ‘good Christian’! Far from it! There are many things I am ashamed of. Times
when I should have witnessed but didn't. Times when I have said things that I should not have. Things I have
done that are far from ‘Christian’.
Also, there are prayers I wish He would have answered - but didn't - or not the way I wanted. And there are
times I have been angry with God. But in reality, I have had many answers to prayers, and I know there are
miracles even today that defy our modern technology and so called knowledge.
But more than anything, I am convinced that nothing can separate me from Christ.
Jude v 24 talks about a miracle in itself - (Christ) is able to present me one day before his glorious presence -
without fault - and with great joy. Will that ‘great joy’ be me? Without a doubt. But I believe it will also be Christ,
His great joy that I have arrived safely.
Paul is a regular attender at Wigmore and attends with his wife and Son. Paul is recently retired and we are grateful to God for their salvation.