Friends Helping Friends Follow Christ : Core Value 6 – A testimony from the CVC family

When I came to the Carson Valley, I knew it was a growing season for me. I had a personal relationship with our Lord, but I knew it wasn’t enough. I longed for a deeper commitment to His Word. When I found Carson Valley Christian Center, I was immediately drawn toward the people in the church family. They had something I knew I had to have. I couldn’t say exactly what it was that they had, but I knew it existed and that I had to have it too.

A short time later, I attended Pastor John’s Discovery 101 class. I heard him use the phrase Friends Helping Friends Follow Christ. I immediately realized what it was that the church family had: they had a commitment to helping people find Christ. They cared! I felt I had been selfish. I hadn’t really encouraged others to find Christ. If an inviting, “comfortable” situation came along, I would agree or confirm my faith. I was hesitant to share my belief with non-believers or those of other religious beliefs. I chose to stay in my “comfort zone.” After all, I didn’t want to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable. I was also afraid of embarrassing myself. I had not attended a Christian college and was not very good at verse memorization. I felt that I should leave the sharing or teaching to those with more experience. Then I envisioned all of the people I had come to know over the years that didn’t know Christ. I thought of the possibility that they would be spending an eternity without Christ. I thought of the pain, the suffering, the emptiness, and the sadness they would have for eternity. I was ashamed that I hadn’t been bold enough to step out of my comfort zone. I hadn’t obeyed God’s Holy Word.

I realized that if I wanted to grow in my relationship with him, I needed to obey and serve him. I made a commitment to share my faith and help others to find Christ. Feeling extremely unworthy and incompetent, I gave the matter over to the Lord. I prayed that I would be a useful tool in his ministry. It was amazing! The Lord put people and circumstances in my life that allowed me to serve him, and at the same time, I was growing too. I learned to share my faith and grew more knowledgeable in His Word. I began to feel a closeness to my Lord that I had not experienced before. This was the beginning of a new obsession for me. The closeness to my Lord and the ability to lovingly serve Him is something I never want to lose. I feel that I am now living my life’s purpose and am truly blessed by God.

D.J. Bratsch

Dr. John Jackson is the President of Jessup University. He’s the author of 10 books, the most recent being “Grace Ambassador”. He’s a transformative leader, committed to equipping believers and fostering change in their local communities… Read more

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