If you're going to listen to my songs, you have a right to know what I believe...
I believe the Bible is God's Word in its entirety and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ (as presented in the pages of scripture) is the only way to be redeemed from the curse of sin and death, and to be made right once again with our Creator. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me" (John 14:6). This exclusive and definitive claim is outrageous to the ears of postmodern westerners, yet I have come to discover in my own life that Jesus Christ really is the only way, truth and life. I have come to trust him and love him as my closest friend. But where did this all begin for me?
When I was 19 years old, as I read my Bible, I sensed Jesus asking me one morning, "Claire, can I have your whole life?" I knew in that moment this was no small request; that if I said yes he could ask anything of me, and in turning my life over to him I would lose my sense of being-in-control. But then I thought of the Apostle Peter, and his words to Jesus when faced with the decision to follow Jesus or leave him... Peter said to Jesus "Lord you have the words of eternal life, to whom else could we go?" (John 6:68). And that morning I reached the same conclusion as Peter did two thousand years ago. I said "yes".
Since then my life has been difficult. Very difficult. There has been so much pride and self-centredness and stupidity to refine out of me. It hasn't been easy. Christianity is not for the faint of heart. I have discovered that God does not promise christians better life circumstances, but he promises them a better life. God has promised that he will never leave us when we hand our lives over to him, and it's his constant companionship which is the greatest treasure I have found in this life.
And, very importantly, Jesus has also promised that one day he will return to this earth to judge the living and the dead. The Bible is clear there really is a place called hell, and there will, on that final day, be a new heaven and a new earth made, and christians will be given resurrection bodies and live in this new heaven and earth. I'm not a preacher, and it's not my job to convince you of these things, but this is my faith position, and I thought if you're going to listen to my songs, you have a right to know what I believe. Find out more about what it means to follow Jesus.
“Christianity is not for the faint of heart”
— Christians throughout the ages
Digital resources I have found helpful...
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“After the Bible itself, Tim Keller's teaching has had more influence on me than the sum of all the other books I have read and sermons I have heard”
— Claire Hazzard, Singer Songwriter
Books and music which have impacted me...
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.