King's Church Guildford

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"I read pretty much every political/philosophical thinker from Plato to Chairman Mao. But they didn't have the answer."

By Robert Stent, 04 May 2017I think it was when – in the mid-1960s and newly commissioned out of Sandhurst – I was leading a patrol of the East German border that my search for the Truth really began.  It was a search that was to take 10 years. As I surveyed the watchtowers, it was clear I was o...

"I knew that Jesus had willingly died in my place so that I didn't have to be punished if I followed Him"

By Holly Cranfield, 16 Mar 2017I was fortunate enough to have been brought up in a Christian family and church was always a big part of our family life, but 'knowing the stuff' and vaguely considering myself to be a follower of Jesus didn't make much of a difference to how I led the rest of my life. It was at a yo...

"What I was hanging onto for my happiness and identity couldn't possibly satisfy and couldn't ultimately be trusted"

By Ben Hayden, 13 Mar 2017Whilst growing up, church was something my family did.  My parents dragged me along on Sundays and I was exposed to Christianity through school, but for my early years, church prevented me playing sport, and that was a conflict with what my parents thought was best for me. Whilst I contin...

"If it weren't for Him I would have remained in a life without understanding, forgiveness, joy, hope and peace"

By Dave de Villiers, 09 Mar 2017Just another day in sunny South Africa.  The phone rings. It's Shane, my long time high school friend, but I can't hear what he’s saying.  His girlfriend Heidi takes the phone: “Shane's father is dead.” “What?” “Yes – he’s dead. He died in a car accident this morni...

"I was astonished at how the gospel resonated with me and came to life in a way it hadn't before"

By Tania Parslow, 07 Mar 2017Growing up in a non-Christian household, choosing to be an atheist felt like a mature, educated decision and I became proud of my atheist beliefs. I went on to achieve what I’d hoped for: somewhere I liked living, good friendships, and a career that I found fulfilling.  I...

"I had a job, a car, a flat and friendships but so what? Surely there was something major missing!?"

By Chris Perkins, 02 Mar 2017Wide open spaces and stunning scenery played a significant part in my turning to Christ. How could such an incredibly spectacular world be created by chance?  This question became pressing in my 20s – I had a job, a car, a flat and friendships but so what?  Surely there was some...

"I knew that I was now safe, known, loved, and free to live as God had made me to live"

By Libby Leadbeater, 27 Feb 2017Growing up, I never really thought about what it meant to be a Christian.  I just assumed that everyone was one!  We lived in a middle class, respectable area; I went to a good school; and most people seemed to follow the same rules I did.  At school, I was confident and proud of ...

"I know that Jesus' words are true: 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full'"

By Emily Hammer, 16 Nov 2016I was privileged to be brought up in a family which follows Jesus.  And when I was about 14 years old, I decided that I really did believe the things I had been taught were true; and that Jesus really had died for my sins. Alongside some summer camps I reg...

"Looking at the evidence for Jesus' resurrection always gives me hope!"

By Toby Amott, 10 Nov 2016I grew up in a family which followed Jesus.  Aged 14 I knew I believed what I had been taught, so chose to be baptized as an outward sign of my faith. But throughout my teenage years I began to understand more and more that my faith – and the hope it gives ...

"For the first time I considered the historical accuracy of the evidence, ahead of what I felt might be true about God"

By Laura Irvine, 28 Oct 2016I was always intrigued by the possible existence of God. I thought if I tried hard to believe or said the occasional prayer, He might answer and I’d know whether He was real or not. But as a teenager, my health deteriorated.  I started to think that if God was around, He didn'...