One of the clearest and most powerful ways to demonstrate that the Christian faith is all about a relationship, the relationship, with our Father God, is by hearing and reading about real lives, real experiences, real transformations from real people who have a real relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We'll keep updating this page with real testimonies of what Jesus has done in the lives of those within the church family at Whetstone.
"As the first week of the Alpha Course came around I was excited but nervous – I wasn’t ready to be preached at, to be
taught what to believe, and I felt like I was at war. I was determined to be Mr Awkward and Mr Controversial. How wrong I was."
"God loves me whatever size I am and I can spend my life doing much better things than comparing myself to others and trying to be someone I’m not. Maybe through my struggle with eating disorders and depression, I can help people who face similar troubles."
"I thank God for everything that he’s done for me. For giving me a great father and family who’ve helped me through the darker times; for putting so many great people into my life who’ve helped me massively; and of course, for giving me a truly lovely church family who’ve always been there for me and reminded me that God loves me and will never stop doing so."
"...at roughly the age of ten whatever I had believed was lost. Up until this point I never knew that anyone could not believe in God as I had always assumed that everyone did. It was a shock for me to meet anyone who wasn’t a Christian, and meeting and talking with them made me think that maybe God wasn’t real."
"To be honest I’ve been scared of sharing my faith other than to say ‘I believe in God’. Saying that I’m a Christian or that I go to church I thought would make people think I’m
weird. My lovely husband and siblings would say I’m weird anyway but that’s nothing to do with being a Christian!"
"WBC was as different to my traditional Anglican roots as could be…. the worshippers were enjoying themselves. We read the Bible and were given an understanding of those Holy Scriptures my King James upbringing made almost impossible. I found a new belonging, a new joy. And above all – an inner peace which I had never experienced on that level before."
"I have felt God working in my life. I’ve never been more settled since I accepted that I am not in control. I am a passenger in the car that Jesus is driving. That’s not to say that life
has been perfect, I’ve had difficult times like anyone else."
"I never had a ‘Road of Damascus’ moment. I would say that my experience of Christ has been in the first half of joy, but has been in the second half like the trials of Job, and I make no cut of that, because it is true and you will hear my tale and can judge for yourselves, but through it all God has been there."
"I feel blessed that God has never given up on me despite my rejection over the years and know he is always there for me as I am for him. He is always faithful to those who love him. I still have a lot to learn and my faith is continually growing day by day and I turn to the Lord for courage and support for my future."
"The fact that my narcolepsy was gradually improving, and still is today, is just one example of God working in my life, and it just shows what he can really do if you put your faith and trust in him. As Mark says in his gospel: ‘All things are possible with God’."
"At the Alpha ‘Away Day’ at Nettle Hill I had my first experience of the Holy Spirit. It was an amazing day for me. This was the start of my journey and encounter with God. I started attending church regularly and enjoyed the lively services and also the way I was welcomed."
"Since Alpha, our discussion group has become a house-group and I have enjoyed us sharing cakes and anecdotes about how not to be a weird Christian ... Our lives are full of choices and I have chosen to try and live like God wants me to. I have only seen the positives from doing this so far, so I definitely recommend it!"
"I joined [a] housegroup where discussions on their God experiences made me realise that I hadn’t had any! It worried me that I wasn’t a real Christian. The group suggested I go on an Alpha Course. Since Alpha I have been desperate and very impatient to be baptised."
"Over the years I never felt like being a Christian made much difference in my life (aside from a few awkward conversations with colleagues about why I go to church). During Alpha we were encouraged to reflect on our faith and our journey so far. It was at this time that I realised just how much God had been working in my life over the years."
"After we moved to Enderby we found WBC, came along and felt it was the right place for us to be. The Alpha course was a reminder of everything being a Christian should be and our small group has been a real encouragement as we meet and share cake together."
"I’ve been brought up in a Christian household, and I’ve always been part of this Church family here at Whetstone. I’ve been taught who Jesus is, how He impacts Christian’s lives and why we worship Him. But for me, just being brought up like that didn’t make me a Christian and didn’t mean that I really understood the Christian faith."
"It got me thinking of how I used to be although I was bullied a lot at school when I was younger I was happy, friendly and some people actually liked me. It was then I realised that something was missing. It was God."
"I have always believed there was a God but didn’t really understand what it was to know God ... I still have worries but can’t explain the peace I now feel, especially knowing that when I do have worries I can put them all before Christ and know that he is there and listening."
"Being directly involved with the church and actually really enjoying coming to church definitely helped me feel like I should be part of the church and have a reason for coming, but I still didn’t really sort of feel like a ‘proper christian’ if there is such a thing? God is definitely real and I need to stop holding back, as I don’t need to know the answers to every question I may have."
If you are a member of Whetstone Baptist Church and are willing to share your life story, please let Neil Burley know.
Page last updated:20th January 2018