Salvation (Together) Through the Gospel

Jesus Christ is beautiful in his humility

           –God in human flesh.

 

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
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I will tell what God has done (Psalm 66:16).

As part of our continuing Communion Sunday series, I’ve asked two people to tell about God’s wondrous deeds in their lives.

Becca Gater: I received Christ as Savior on the top of an actual mountain during a retreat after my second year of college. I came to the retreat with much doubt and guilt. I had recently walked away from a lifestyle of deep sin and moral misjudgment. I realized that my choices were wrong and would ultimately lead to death. As we studied Colossians 3, I prayed that God would reveal himself to me, help me take off the life that had consumed me, and re-dress me as his “chosen one.” During those times of prayer I could feel the weight of my past being lifted. All the times I had worked to resist and turn away had been an uphill struggle, and yet there I was praying to a God I wasn’t sure about and receiving the thing I had longed for. I praise God that he chose me before I chose him!

Toni Alimi: Two remarkable things happened after my sophomore year of college. First, I read Augustine’s Confessions. Second, the Lord showed me that many of the goals I had set for myself had very little to do with the good of neighbors or the glory of God. In 386, at age 31, Augustine converted to Christianity and soon left a coveted academic position to study the truth found in Christianity. This, together with the message of Hebrews, proved convicting. Hebrews 13:14 reads: “Here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking a city which is to come." And Hebrews 12:28: "Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, offering to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe." It became pretty tough for me to resist the invitation to work for the coming kingdom rather than the narrow pursuit of my own projects. If Augustine could submit his ambition to God‘s call, surely I should do the same.