My first exposure to Christianity was as a youngster, was in going to Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston with my mom and brother, in the 1930s. It was an Episcopal church, notable for such pastors as Phillips Brooks, writing Christmas music, O Little Town of Bethlehem. These early pastors were born-again Christians in a time when the term born again was seldom if ever used. I remember being in awe of the enormous cathedral like structure, its choirs, and its organ. Sunday school classes in those days taught, I think would be similar to catechism classes, not unlike the Roman Catholic church. As I look back on those teachings, I recollect that all of what was taught was Biblically correct. I was a good student, and I still remember all of the prayers from the Common Prayer Book, and can still recite them today, such as the Apostle’s Creed, and the Nicene Creed. But you know, it was never discussed much about a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My impressions from that time lasted, and in later years such as the time I was in the US Navy, I would attend church services almost every Sunday. It was a “nice” place to go.
In my high school years in Newton, I remember going to an Episcopal Church event in the late 40s, when Cannon Green came from the Episcopal Church in Great Britain, when Trinity, wired for sound in the Mechanics Building held evangelical meetings for about a week, in which we were exposed to this personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, and our Lord Jesus. They had alter calls, and it was so foreign to me, that I wondered if I were in the right place, and did I really understand what Christianity was all about.
I have often said that I’m a late learner, because it did not occur to me that you could have a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe, and His Son Jesus. One summer in 1984, my daughter and son-in-law invited my wife Lynne and I to attend a Bible Study they were holding with a couple of friends in the center of Bolton, MA. So we dusted off (literally) a couple of Bibles that we had and attended a study based on a Campus Crusade for Christ booklet called “Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit Filled Life” or something close to that. As part of that study my wife and I formally accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I would have to say that I was going through the motions, since the following several months, I studied material about fundamentals of Biblical Christianity, and later that October, on my knees next to my bed I prayed to accept the atoning death of Jesus on the cross for all my sin, and finally understood what Biblical Christianity is really all about at the ripe old age of 53!
Before that time, it was almost like Christianity was simply an intellectual exercise, without the heart! There are still today, churches which do not dwell on a personal relationship with God and Jesus. Interestingly, they are usually Biblically right on! And, many folks just move thru life accepting what they learn from their own church, never challenging whether that is all there is.
This relationship with God and Lord Jesus works through the power of the Holy Spirit, and it has made a difference in my life, my lifestyle, and moves me to encourage those I come in contact with the enormous difference it can make in one’s life, and what one pursues as life’s activities. You will want to serve your God and Lord, in how you live your life. I served in the Gideons for a number of years, raising money by speaking in churches as the missionary arm of the church, to buy the Bibles that get distributed in hotels and motels, and by handing out pocket Testaments at schools and colleges in the local area. Another example is, of course, what motivates me to build this website, and trim it to reach many thousands of people around the world. Not to toot my horn, but just examples of how you will want to alter your life’s activities to God’s glory.
I invite you to read the other articles on this website to get an understanding of what Biblical Christianity is all about, starting with the God's Holy Word. I promise that I will not promote any particular church, but a personal relationship that will change your life, and, if you like and understand what your read, I would suggest that your best bet is to locate a local church which believes in these fundamentals of Christianity.