Let’s spend some time focused on some questions. The goal is to build a community where we move beyond the surface and dive into some real conversation.
What question should we begin with? Well, the more I meet with new people, the more I encounter some version of the following question: “How did you come to faith?” So, let’s start there. How did you come to faith? Add your response to the comment section below.
I’ll start by answering the question. For me the question is about how my relationship with God began. I grew up in church and was surrounded by believers. In my experience, there was never a need to question God’s existence. All those believers around me, all those morning and afternoon/evening church services, all those times the choir marched in with a spirit of praise, all those soulful hymns, and all those teachings that I sat through made it clear God was real. However, I still needed to come to know Jesus for myself and walk in my own personal relationship with God. After all, it’s one thing to understand something should be true, but it’s another to believe something to actually be true.
I remember riding in the church van one summer evening as a young child. I was going between Vacation Bible School and my home. It was on that summer day that I had a strong moment of clarity. I realized I wanted to get baptized. Honestly I think I loved Jesus before this moment and believed John 3:16 to be true, but it was just something about that moment of clarity. There were probably some other realizations that day, but what I remember is having no doubt in my mind that I wanted to get baptized. This wasn’t a decision I made because someone told me that’s what I should do. I did it because I wanted to do it.
All these years later, I can look back over my life and see that those years of youth were only the beginning of my faith journey and only the beginning of me understanding more of what it means to actually walk by faith in God. God has grown my faith through experiences, uncomfortable times, exciting surprises (to me because an all-knowing God is never surprised), and unforeseen (to me) circumstances. He has been patient with my hesitations and generous with His grace and mercy.
So, how did I come to faith? God loved me, I listened, and I responded. Am I grateful that God loves me and my faith is in Him? Absolutely.
That’s a glimpse of my response to the question. What about you? How did you come to faith?
Blessings and Love,
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