Humankind has sought meaning and purpose in many different things. Today people invest themselves in the pursuit of a successful career, of wealth, good relationships, sex, status, entertainment, amongst many other things, only to find, sooner or later, that these things ultimately leave us feeling dissatisfied and empty. Many people who have fulfilled their aims, goals, and dreams, have testified to the fact there is still a deep void inside, a feeling of emptiness that nothing seems to fill. This emptiness causes us to revisit these questions time and time again.
Jonny Wilkinson, generally regarded as one of rugby union's best ever players, fulfilled his greatest dream in 2003 when he drop-kicked England to victory in the Rugby World Cup. However, in an interview with The Times newspaper about that day, Wilkinson said:
"I [began] to feel the elation slipping away during the lap of honour around the field. I couldn't believe all that effort was losing its worth so soon... I'd just achieved my greatest ambition and it felt empty."
The Times, 21 Nov 2009.
This is not a modern problem - Solomon, king of Israel some 3000 years ago had one of the grandest kingdoms the world has ever seen; incredible wealth, wisdom, hundreds of wives, grand palaces and gardens, the very best food and wine and all the entertainment his heart desired. Yet, in his book ‘Ecclesiastes’, Solomon laments that “everything is meaningless”, that everything the world offers can only ever bring temporary happiness and contentment, and that without any true meaning or purpose they quickly became meaningless and empty.
In his book, King Solomon concludes that God has “set eternity in the human heart”, that God has created within us that sense of there being something more than just the physical world we experience with our eyes and our other senses. In fact, God created us first and foremost to have a relationship with himself - a real, dynamic, and transformational relationship. Jesus said that the first and greatest thing we can do in this life is love God with everything we have, and until we find this relationship we are all left with that feeling that there is something missing.
In saying these things, Jesus was telling us that the fullest, most satisfying and meaningful life we can ever hope to live is found in following him, because it is through Jesus that our relationship with God the Father is restored. Jesus also tells us that through the things we have done wrong (sin) we have seperated ourselves from God and rejected him - yet through faith in Jesus the greatest of all relationships can be restored, bringing us peace, forgiveness, grace, mercy, meaning, purpose, and above all, real, genuine, powerful, and perfect love.
If you are someone who, like Jonny Wilkinson or King Solomon, has found an emptiness to life; if you are someone who has a sense that there is something more to this life, something beyond what the world offers, then we would love for you to get in touch and to talk with us, to explore faith in Jesus, to discover the answer to the questions of the meaning and purpose of life, and to discover the real, living, dynamic and holy Father God of love. Click HERE to get in touch and click HERE to read more about knowing God personally.
We also run the Alpha Course, which is a series of ten interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. These ten sessions comprise a free, delicious evening meal, a short talk, and then a small group discussion at the end where you can share your views, listen to others, and ask any question you like. There is no pressure, no charge, and no follow-up if you decide it is not for you. The Alpha Course is designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment. Our next course is being planned. Click HERE to sign up.
The church also has a library of books through which you can explore all the different facets of faith, belief, the Scriptures and much more, as well as having a number of books suitable for children. If you'd like to borrow any of the books, just speak to one of the stewards in the entrance foyer, and they'll be more than happy to help. More information about the library, including a catalogue of books available, is HERE.