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Living a life of faith

Living a life of faith involves the effort to put our faith into practice, trying to demonstrate that ‘belief affects behaviour’.

People trying to follow Christ’s example aim to love God, and others, as Jesus commanded, but can’t always achieve it. However, if we’re truly sorry and try to change our lives to become more like Christ, God forgives us.

Living a life of faith means inviting God into every area of our lives, asking for His guidance and for the Holy Spirit to help enable us to live as God wants us to. It often entails taking part in worship within the church, praying and reading the Bible. In these ways a Christian can learn more about God and what he wants for us.

Living a life of faith involves making decisions based on what we believe, and how we think Jesus might react in the same situation. Sometimes it may require us to speak out against injustice, or to simply provide a listening ear.

It can also be about practical help in times of trouble, or about praying for others if we are unable to help in any other way.

For some, living a life of faith means finding God in the ordinary and mundane, trying to show His love in our everyday lives, caring for others in whatever way is best suited to our situations.

Living a life of faith puts God at the centre of our lives, relying on Him, while doing our very best to do His will.

A key Bible passage: Luke 10:25-37

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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre