What is one of the most tangible or amazing ‘spiritual’ experiences you have had?
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”
If a religious belief-system made sense logically, but few could testify to the existence of any real spiritual power or experiences behind it, what might that cause us to think or question? How important are our spiritual experiences?
How significant have spiritual experiences been to your own faith journey?
The fact seems to be that God does give many Christians experiences of his presence that are real to them. What impact could these experiences have on our faith in God? What are the implications of God's existence, as revealed through Jesus, upon our purpose in life?
How helpful has this series been? What have your learned? What difference will this make for you?
In what areas are you interested to learn more? Where could you find good information to read or learn from?
Dear God, thank you that all our Christian teachings are not just ‘good teachings’ or ‘moralising’ — but instead your actual word to us, with power to do amazing things in our lives and on our planet. Thank you that you love us and hear our prayers. Thank you that you answer our prayers, bring healing to our hearts and emotions, power to our lives to change our bad ways, and a calling to our lives to bring good in all the ways we can, for your glory. Thank you for all the records of history that show us the difference you make in people’s lives, and in nations, when they turn to you. Your power is seen in history — and in so many people’s amazing testimonies! Thank you for the great reassurance this gives us that you are indeed a God who sees, cares and helps.
Help us to love you sincerely, and to follow your teachings with that same sincerity, so our lives will please you.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
See a range of powerful personal stories of every day New Zealanders who journeyed through trial to experience triumph here
These will give you some real-time examples of what was discussed in today’s tutorial.