My life before I surrendered it to Christ was to say the least full of difficulty. From family problems and anger issues to battling addiction to alcohol, there were so many things I was trying to fix on my own that I was completely unable to fix.
I began attending Bible study and in studying God's word it was revealed to me how much I needed the saving power of Jesus Christ who had died for my sins and was the only one who could fix my life and give me hope.
One evening I neglected to go to Bible study due to a situation that arose. I was sitting in my truck listening to a Christian radio station and drowning my sorrows in a bottle. It suddenly dawned on me that there was only one answer to the problems that were plaguing me. The answer came in repenting of my sins and putting my faith in Jesus Christ! Immediately after I gave my life over to Christ I felt a tremendous relief and need to dump the remainder of the bottle on the ground.
Since I surrendered my life to Christ I have seen amazing changes. I have found the strength to cut way back on the drinking that once consume my thoughts daily. My business has become more successful and steady. My life has done a 180. Relationships that were broken are being healed. The changes are too numerous to name them all.
I have a desire to lead my family and worshiping God and want to see others come to know Christ's saving grace. I am grateful to be part of the family of God.
There was nothing good in my life before I came to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Problems abounded everywhere including lots of conflict between me and my family. The hopelessness that I felt was overwhelming. I began searching for answers to my problems. The question ran rampantly through my mind. How can I fix my life? What can I do to make things right? I couldn't find the answers and I couldn't fix things.
I begin attending Bible study and as we poured over the Scriptures, I started to see how broken my life really was. I needed Jesus Christ! Only His mercy and grace could bring me up out of the pit I was in.
One night while lying in bed I came to realize that I needed to turn my life over to Jesus because only he could fix my brokenness. I begin to pray, repented for my sins and professed my faith in Jesus Christ. As I prayed I felt an amazing sense of relief wash over me as if the weight of the world had fallen from my shoulders.
I am in awe of the changes God is working in my life. Since my repentance many of my family members have joined me in Bible study and have also turned their life over to Jesus. There is now peace where there was no peace, understanding where there previously was none. Relationships are being healed and family members that were separated for the past decade have been reunited. The amount of love I am experiencing in my life is amazing. For the first time in a long time I am looking forward to the future and I have hope again.
I long to see all of my family members, friends, coworkers and everyone I happened to meet come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ! Lives can be mended and hope can be found in Jesus!
I wasn't brought up in a church going family. When I was about 18 years old I started having a lot of trouble and thinking bad thoughts. I decided to go talk to a Catholic priest. This seemed to help for awhile. I went through a one year program to become a Catholic and was baptized in the Catholic faith. After attending the church for about a year, I found myself wondering about the meaning of it all. The church services seem to be the same and centered around money. I learned little about Jesus or the Bible and eventually stopped attending the church altogether.
I believed there was a God but did little to serve Him or seek him out. My mother passed away about three years ago and I found myself slipping back into depression. I had a Christian friend who was like a brother to me and he helped me through that period of my life. About a year later I met my wife Natasha. She has been a true blessing to me and a testimony through her strong faith in God. I know that God works miracles because my twin girls were born prematurely with many health problems and after much prayer God healed them.
I met with Pastor Daniel to speak with him about baptism and he asked me where I was in my faith. After speaking with him, I realize that I had never turned away from my sins and given my life to Jesus. Sitting with Pastor Daniel, I prayed for forgiveness and put my faith in Jesus. I felt an immediate sense of peace and uplifting.
I am eager to lead my family and faith and service to God.
I repented myself because I was done living my old life. I was done doing the things I used to do. When I repented that meant I open the door to let Jesus Christ in my life. I believe this was good for me, because I could put all my sins that I have made in my past behind me and everything that I have done from now back is my old life and I started fresh, and God can now only see what I do from now on. He don't see all the sins I've made in my past. I have always wanted to open the door for Jesus, but I didn't know if I was ready for that big step but now I know it's the right thing to do, and I know that my life will be alot better from now on. I know my life won't be like roses but it will be amazing for me to allow Jesus Christ to be in my heart now. He has broken that shell off my heart. I know Jesus has done everything for us. He died on a cross for us. I want to talk to people about allowing Jesus Christ to be in their life in their heart because he can and will help you through your pain and struggle, but you also have to allow him to do those things for you. You have to be a believer and all he has wanted us to do is to try to get people to believe and that's what I'm trying to do and will keep doing, because that's what he would want the believers to do for him.
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Before Jesus saved me my heart was a bad heart, and I just wanted to have things my own way. I lied, I argued with my sister, but when Jesus died for my sins, he made me a new me. Even though I deserve to be punished, Jesus took it for me. I believe that he rose from the dead for me. I now know that God is not mad at me for my sins because he’s forgiven me. God gave me the Holy Spirit, and when I wanted to lie, I said “No” to myself, and I told the truth. I thought that I would go to hell, but when Jesus saved me, I knew I was not going to. I know that my life belongs to Jesus now, and I’m really excited.
Taylor Roberts Writes:
Ever since I can remember, I always believed in God and Jesus, but I never truly acknowledged it. I didn't have knowledge to share with others, I had nothing. I thought I was living my life perfectly but I was way wrong. This past week while at church camp [not Crossing Church], I was very moved by the words of the camp pastor Rob Turner. He taught me the different types of faith, none of which are saving faith. I realized I had what he referred to as "comfort faith," which is basically having faith in God to make yourself feel safe. Not to glorify him. That's what I had for so long, and I just now realized it.
At that moment I wanted give my life to Christ, I need him. He is my savior, my God. Matthew 7: 13-14 says, "enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it." I went through the gate, I experienced destruction. But Christ changed my heart an saved my life. I love my God, and I am ready to become a sister in Christ Jesus.
Trey Pugh Writes:
Before I started my life with Christ, I did not know nor understand a lot about him or what it meant to be a Christian. I heard about Jesus Christ from family and friends, and some who even questioned his very existence. For the longest time, I just believed that things just happened without any meaning or cause. It just happened. The more I became intrigued with astronomy, the more I felt closer with God and felt the urge for a better understanding of him and his creation
I know now what God wanted from us. He created us for him to worship him and join him like a family.
I know I have to surrender my past life even at my young age to him. I know Jesus paid for my sins both past, present, and future sins. I do believe He died and rose from the dead so I can live. I know I have to turn from my sins and try to not repeat them, but if I fail, I must confess to him my sins and repent.
My life now must be to tell people about him whenever I can, help lead them to him, and tell them Jesus truly is the Son of God, and he is our savior and we must trust in him. He is the only way to God the Father.
Ryan Hay Writes:
I have always thought that I had too much sin in my life and that God would not want to be in it. And that much could not be wiped clean. Then during a sermon here on sin, everything made sense. There is no such thing as too much sin that Jesus has not paid the price for. In Matthew 26:28, Jesus says "For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins."
It does not say that there are sins that are too great that can not be forgiven.
John 3:17 says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
I have come to realize that there has not been a sin or will be a sin in my life that Jesus has not paid for with his own blood. And I know that I will be with our heavenly Father in eternal life because Jesus has paid that price for mine and everyone's sin.
Katie Hay Writes:
Before I was saved, I suffered often from self-doubt. I didn't understand how God could love someone like me, though I had been taught all my life. I was nothing special, just an average person, trying to live a relatively good life. I was taught as a child that in order to be saved I just needed to do good deeds, follow the Commandments, go to Confession and Church. As I got older I found that harder to do, and my faith in the Church and God began to wane. I believe that’s when my depression really kicked in. For a long time I have struggled with anxiety and depression.
Things changed when I began coming to Crossing Church. Slowly, but surely, the Holy Spirit started to change my heart. In John 6:44 Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” Looking back, I believe that Jesus has been calling me for a while, but I was too stubborn to listen.
In January of this year, something changed. I felt a longing like never before to learn more and become closer to God. I started coming to service on Sundays and then the Membership Class. Daniel did a sermon about guilt and how we don’t have to feel the guilt of our sins anymore because Jesus has already paid for them through his death and resurrection. That was a truly thought provoking statement, since I have felt guilt most of my life. I always felt that I couldn't measure up and couldn't do everything that God commanded. Then, to hear that it didn't matter that I wasn't perfect and Jesus had already paid the price for me -- It was life altering.
I began to listen to sermons from last year, and the one that hit my heart hard was the one called the, “Mark of the Beast.” In it Daniel talked about how anxiety is the Mark of Beast, and I realized that every time I have let anxiety into my heart I have been allowing the devil in. I haven't been trusting in God and his mercy. I was allowing the devil to whisper in my ear that I was worthless and unworthy of God’s mercy. And then, on the day I listened to the sermon, the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart, and Jesus claimed me for his own, though it took me a bit to truly accept it. I realized that I had never been worthless to God, and so I no longer was unworthy to my own eyes. In 1 Peter 5:6-7 he says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
For the first time in my life, I truly began to rely on God to let him rule over my heart, to give him all my fears and worries and just trust in him. This has made such a huge transformation in my life, faster and more powerful than I could have ever imagined. The Holy Spirit has truly moved my heart and changed me in ways I can’t fully explain. Jesus has wiped away my worries and fears, replacing them with a hunger for God’s word and the truth that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.
On Sunday, February 1, 2015, three individuals were baptized at Crossing Church: Joe Allen, Sarah Simpson, and Anna Grace Lawson. Two of their stories are below.
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Sarah Simpson (Age 11) Writes:
When I was about 5-10 years old, I wanted to go to church just for fun. When my family started Crossing Church, I wanted to start learning and understanding the gospel. One day I realized that my heart and attitude had changed, and Jesus had paid for my sins. I am a new person, and I am a child of God. Jesus is now my Lord.
Anna Grace Lawson (Age 9) Writes:
My parents have always taught me about the gospel, but I never really understood what it meant until one day I was really mad and could not control my anger. That is when I realized that I could not do it by myself. Jesus had to help me!
On that day, I understood what my parents had been trying to teach me.
I realized that I was a sinner and that God hates sin. I can not earn salvation. Jesus already earned everything I need by dying on the cross for my sins. I know I can not save myself, so I am trusting Jesus to do it for me. Romans 10:9 says:
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I wanted to be baptized today as a symbol to show that Jesus has washed away my sins.