I have always struggled telling my non-Christian friends that I was a follower of Jesus, I guess I was frightened that they would think differently of me. However, late last year when I was sat in the middle of The6 (the Belfrey's 6pm gathering) the Lord spoke over me saying "Do not worry for I am with you every step of the way". This really made me think about my life, how I acted around my friends, and that I need not worry about what God had planned for me.
Over the past few months I started to feel a change in myself, but best of all my friends started to see a difference in my personality, they saw a change in how I reacted to things. One time recently I was sat in the pub with a friend and he asked 'What is this Belfrey you tweet about?'. My heart started to beat faster with excitement, none of my friends had ever asked me about this! Now I had the chance to explain my faith and why I go to church. I can't thank the Lord enough for this opportunity but the most amazing thing was the reaction I got from my friend. He accepted it and opened up to me about how he went to church when he was young but never spoke about it any more.
When I was 14 and I gave my life to God at a Christian festival during the summer. Going back to school after the summer was definitely the first challenge I faced being a new Christian, I always struggled to fit in. I was never the most popular kid at school and a few times I was bullied through my school years which started to knock my confidence. At the recent service at The6 on the 17th January, Ben Doolan preached about 'secure identity', something I have really struggled with in my walk with God. Everything he touched upon seemed to tick every box in my heart. I thought, "Yes I have looked at others and wished I had their characteristics and were more like them, yes I wish I was different". During the prayer ministry time, whilst being prayed for, I started to feel something I had never felt before. I started to feel the power of God move within me, it was without doubt the best feeling I have ever experienced. God spoke to me yet again, Jesus declared over me that all those lies I was told were all gone, all those scars that hurt me have been healed and that I was His son and nothing can prevent that, no matter how many times I stumble he will pick me up.
For those that are reading this and haven't been coming to The Belfrey for long, if I had to give you one bit of advice it would to be join a Belfrey group. Being in a closer group helped me settle into the church family and has allowed me to have community in a bigger church. The Sunday gatherings are great, but it is in my group where I have found my family and support. I am learning to live life’s ups and downs with God and my brothers and sisters. It's been a great journey so far and I am excited to keep walking in my faith.
"I started to feel something I had never felt before. I started to feel the power of God within me... Jesus declared over me that all those lies I was told were all gone, all those scars that hurt me have been healed and that I was his son and nothing can prevent that!"
Adam is a member of The Belfrey and works as a Client and Customer Manager. He is 20 years old and supports Newcastle United but has a soft spot for Hull City. Adam enjoys playing golf and football and loves his 18-30's Belfrey Group.