Knowing the God who Knows Me

Knowing God personally is both a decision and a journey; it is an everyday choice to discover who he is. Just like when we are getting to know someone, it takes time. Like when we get to know someone new, we can choose to get to know God.

I want to know the God who knows me

  • God knows you

    ‘You have searched me, Lᴏʀᴅ, and you know me.' Psalm 139:1 NIV

    The rest of Psalm 139 speaks about how well God knows you, that he has known you since before you were even born. God is the creator and the sustainer of the entire universe and at exactly the same time, he knows you. How wonderful it is that God knows everything about you.

  • God loves you

    ‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Romans 5:8 NIV

    God knows everything about you and he loves you with a great, everlasting love! We know that this is true because the Bible tells us this over and over again.  

    God loved us so much that he sent Jesus so that we could know him. Because of Jesus we can know God, so when we put our trust in Jesus we begin our journey with knowing God.

  • How do we respond?

    Thinking about getting to know God can sometimes seem like a complicated thing, and we might not even know where to start. You can begin your journey of knowing God today with a simple prayer.

    You could say something like this:

    Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. I’m sorry for going my own way instead of your way, please forgive me. Today I choose to accept your forgiveness, and I receive new life. Come and take first place in my life and make me the person you want me to be.

    If you prayed that prayer, we would love to send you some resources to help you take your next steps in knowing God and experiencing a transformed life. Please get in touch and explore some of the other resources on this website too.


I want to know God

Alpha

It could just be the start of the greatest adventure of your life.

Alpha is a chance to explore and question the meaning of life, over a series of weekly sessions. It's really informal and you can ask anything you like (which is why over 24 million people worldwide have already done Alpha).

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Baptism

Baptism is an outward sign of an inward faith in Jesus Christ, a public testimony that you have turned away from your sin and have the intention to live a Christ-filled life.

Everyone that has put their faith in Jesus Christ and believes that Christ was raised from the dead, can be baptised by full immersion as a declaration of their faith.


  • What is baptism?

    Baptism is a way of personally identifying with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Your old way of life is dead.

    ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

    Your old person is buried (symbolically) as you go under the water.

    ‘Therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death…' Romans 6:4a NKJV

    You are resurrected into a new life (symbolically) as you come up out of the water.

    ‘For when you were baptised, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.’ Colossians 2:12 GNT

  • Why do I need to get baptised?

    Here are a few scriptures that will help you to understand the importance and significance of baptism. 

    'Jesus said: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ Matthew 28:19 ESV

    ‘He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.’ Mark 16:16 NKJV

    The early Christians were baptised:

    ‘But when they believed Phillip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptised.’ Acts 8:12 NKJV

    '…and many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptised.’ Acts 18:8b NKJV

  • Who can be baptised?

    Anyone who has a personal faith in Jesus Christ can be baptised. This means that they have prayed a prayer of repentance, which is a turning away from their sin, and they have a willingness to live for Christ.

    At KingsGate we only baptise children who are old enough to understand the gospel message and have a personal faith in Jesus Christ.


  • Can I be baptised if I have been christened?

    If you have not been baptised by full immersion in water since you became a believer, we recommend that you be baptised, even if you were christened as a baby or a young child.

    This reflects your desire to be baptised in the same way Jesus was baptised, as it publicly declares your personal faith in God.


  • How do I get baptised at KingsGate?

    Before being baptised you will need to:

    • Have a personal faith in Jesus Christ
    • Fill in a Baptism Application form – you can get one from the Information Desk at KingsGate or email your centre Pastoral Admin using the Interested button
    • Attend a Baptism Class at KingsGate

  • I'm under 18, but I want to be baptised, what do I do?

    Even if you are under 18 you can still be baptised at KingsGate, looking at the points below will give you an idea about the next steps you can take.

    Before being baptised you will need to:

    • Have a personal relationship with Jesus, have said sorry for trying to live life your own way and want to live every day for him
    • Have permission from one of your parents to be baptised
    • Speak to one of your youth leaders who will have a chat with you about baptism and help you fill in a Baptism Application


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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

When you become a Christian, the all-powerful, loving Holy Spirit comes to live in you. Then as you open your life to him, he is able to bring freedom, healing and wholeness to every part of our lives and give us the power to walk in God’s plan.

WHAT IS BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The Holy Spirit dwells in all Christians, but it is not automatic that we will be baptised in the Holy Spirit. For some this happens the moment they become a Christian, but for many others it comes later.  

Baptism in the Spirit is something Jesus promised for all who want to receive it. Jesus said, speaking of the day when the Spirit was poured out on the earth:  

‘For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ Acts 1:5 NIV 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE RECEIVE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
When we are baptised in the Spirit we are soaked and saturated in the power and presence of God himself. Think of it like standing under a waterfall that comes from above; it fills you up and then overflows.  

Baptism in the Spirit releases supernatural power, and it reproduces in and through us the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23). We also receive new boldness and a desire to witness to others about Jesus, and a releasing of the gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of tongues.  

Paul says in Ephesians 5:18, ‘… [go on] being filled with the Spirit.’ This means that after we have first been baptised in the Holy Spirit, we can continually ask for a fresh infilling of the Spirit, experiencing his ongoing power and presence as a result.

HOW CAN I BE BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
If you have never been prayed for to be baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit then we would encourage you to be. Another next step you could take is to join an Alpha or Beta Course as there is an opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit during these. There is also an opportunity to receive prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit at our Touching Heaven prayer gatherings.


  • Step 1: Believe that the promise is available

    Immersion or baptism means to be drenched in the Spirit.

    “He [Jesus] will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 3:16 NIV

    We receive a clothing with power.

    “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NIV

    Receive power to witness.

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.” Acts 1:8 NIV

  • Step 2: See that the gift has already been given

    “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” Acts 2:32,33 NIV

    This gift has been available ever since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit over 2000 years ago on the day of Pentecost. We can ask and receive the gift of baptism in the Holy Spirit.

  • Step 3: Know that it is a gift that you can receive

    “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 NIV

    You can ask to receive the Holy Spirit. You can‘t do anything to earn it, it ceases to be a gift if you have to work for it. When you are born again, there is a change in your heart, your spirit is recreated. If you’ve invited Jesus into your life, you are ready to be baptised with the Holy Spirit.

  • Step 4: Expect to receive the Spirit when you ask

    “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13 NIV

    As you once took a step of faith to receive Jesus as your Saviour, you are now taking a step of faith to receive the Holy Spirit.

  • Step 5: Be ready to speak as the Spirit gives you the words

    Being baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit gives you access to the gifts of the Spirit. One of these gifts is the gift of tongues.

    The Holy Spirit does not speak in tongues, but rather that the Holy Spirit enables us to speak in tongues.

    “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:4 NIV

    “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” Acts 10:44-46 NIV

    “When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” Acts 19:6 NIV

    Sometimes receiving the gift of tongues happens at the same time at being baptised in the Spirit, and other times people may only receive the gift of tongues later.

  • Step 6: Act in faith

    Speaking in tongues is a cooperation between yourself and the Holy Spirit. Expect that the Holy Spirit will give you words; that your tongue will seem to want to say something.

    Open your mouth, this can be an act of faith in itself, breathe in, and then say to God, “I am receiving the Holy Spirit right now by faith.”

    Don’t speak in your native language. Relax and then boldly lift your voice and make those supernatural sounds that want to come, regardless of what they are, trusting God for guidance.

    Go on speaking, praising God with those supernatural words until a free, clear language comes.

  • Step 7: Start practising

    Once you have prayed in tongues for a minute or so, stop and then start speaking in tongues again. This gives you the confidence that you can speak with ease in tongues as you can with your native language. You now have the gift and you can use it whenever you want to.

    Praying in tongues each day will help you to grow spiritually; by using this gift, your faith can be built up and you can be reminded that you have been baptised in the Holy Spirit because of Jesus.

    “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20 NIV

Why Believe

Part 1 Why Believe in God?

Andrew Ollerton

Part 2 Why Believe in a Good God?

Part 3 Why Believe in the God of the Bible

Andrew Ollerton

Part 4 Why Believe in the Supernatural?

Andrew Ollerton

Part 5 Why Belive in God in a Scientific Age?

Andrew Wilson

Part 6 Why believe God is Real for Me?

Amy Or-Ewing

Come and See

Part 1 The Wonder of All Wonders

Dave Smith

Part 2 I Am Not, But Jesus Is

Andrew Ollerton

Part 3 Jesus in Your World

Roy Todd

Part 4 Come and See Jesus

Tom Webster

Never Alone

Part 1 - Never Alone

Dave Smith

Part 2 - The Comforter

Jeff Lucas

Part 3 - There’s Something in the Water: The Spirit of Life

Michael Murphy

Part 4 - The Absolute Necessity of Receiving the Holy Spirit

Dave Smith

Part 5 - The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Stuart Bell

Part 6 - Be Continually Filled by The Spirit

Dave Smith

Part 7 - Never Alone, Never The Same

Andrew Ollerton

Part 8 - Never Alone, Forever Free

Tom Webster

The Great Exchange

Part 1 The Great Exchange

Roy Todd

Part 2 The Great Exchange

Andrew Ollerton

Part 3 Hope for Despair

Priscilla Reid

Part 4 Dying Inside

Tim Ross

Part 5 The Greatest Exchange

Simon Deeks

Stronger - Knowing God

Part 1 Stronger in the Word

Dave Smith

Part 2 Stronger in the Spirit

Dave Smith

Part 7 Stronger in Prayer

Dave Smith

Part 8 Stronger in Worship

Karen Smith


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