Do you remember that time in your life when you first became a Christian? Maybe you had a dramatic, "Saul-on-the-road-to-Damascus" type of experience where you threw all of your drugs and porn in a fire, burned your past life and said "I'm all in for King Jesus!" Or maybe it was in the Sunday School class in 1st grade when you finally understood what Hell was and said, "that sounds sca-wee!" Or maybe you were in your college class and realized that the Bible is true and Jesus is trustworthy and it was a quiet, calm conversion.
We all have our story.
The moment when Jesus became real, when we put our faith in Him and started becoming a Christ Follower. For me, I was 15 years old at a youth camp when I told Jesus I would follow Him and forsake everything else. I felt His love and forgiveness that day and it brought me to tears. Like big tears. The trying to catch your breath kind of crying. It all came from the weight of my sin and disobedience being lifted from my shoulder and feeling totally FREE. Before Christ I was a nominal teenager, addicted to porn and living for myself. After I became a Christian, I grew in studying the Word and was able to see victory over sexual sin, even though it was a struggle for 2 years. The church community that surrounded me helped me to grow in holiness and accountability. The closer I've gotten to Jesus, the more sinful I realize I am, yet He is so kind to forgive and bring me near to Him. Intimacy with Jesus has been the only power to be free from SIN and able to live for HIM.
What is your story? How did you become a Christian? What was it like for you? We are going to do a series of blog posts on the simple story of SALVATION. The before, the moment and the after. We would love for you to share your story. Keep it brief and simple, but hit the important points. Who were you before, what happened to bring you to Him, and what changed right after, even to today. Even if yours is a "I've been following Jesus since I was 3" story, we want to hear from you.
If you are willing to share deeper, we would like to do an audio interview with you for a new podcast we will be launching called, "Mike Kendrick Noise" and will involve some music, some devotionals, and stories of the gospel changing people's lives. We would love to feature your story in the new podcast and also on this blog. Ordinary people meeting the extraordinary Savior. We want to be able to share with the sphere of influence that God has given us that Jesus Christ is alive and well and still in the business of changing lives for His glory! So many seek to say that God is dead, Jesus can't reach our modern world, but we want to shout out "No! Our God saves! Our God lives!"
We want to see Jesus known in all the earth, and your story of the ROCK, Christ Jesus, can make a difference. In fact, according to Jesus, IT WILL! "On this ROCK I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it!"
So, let me know if you are interested in this by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story in the body of the email. If you are interested in the audio interview, let me know that as well.