Who I am in Christ

I grew up in a non-Christian family and only went to church as a child. I hated it! Most of my life I didn’t have time for any religious beliefs due to my obsession with sports. I played baseball in college and between getting drunk at parties and participating in sports; I had little need for God. After marriage I made a family decision that we would go to church since this was a great place for kids to learn good morals and be around good people. I still didn’t believe in God. My wife and I had to find a church I would feel comfortable at; one that didn’t use the sin word.

Once we found a church I got involved helping with the high school group and soon the church’s youth pastor left for another job leaving me in charge. Here I am leading a church group and I have no clue what the Bible teaches. I did what I thought was logical; I began reading the Bible at Genesis 1. As I read through the Bible God was working on my heart. Through the power of the Holy Spirit I realized I was a self-centered, egotistical person who needed forgiveness. Somehow and someway God had convicted me of my sin and I prayed to receive Christ. I confessed that I was a sinner and that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I made a decision to follow Jesus for the rest of my life and to serve Him with my gifts and talents.

Soon after I had made that decision I attended a Christian summer family camp where I heard my first apologetics (defending Christianity) teaching; that the Bible was reliable, there was evidence for the resurrection, and Jesus was fully God and fully man. Something happened over those 2 days of listening to the speaker that changed my life forever. Since then I have been committed to studying the Bible and defending Christianity in the public square and equipping other Christians to do the same. I went back to seminary (Biola University) and got my Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics. All this was accomplished by the transforming power of God’s grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Steve Bruecker

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  • Andy Valadez July 8, 2009, 10:32 am

    Thanks for this post. That one name that causes so much trouble. Jesus. I just love that the resurrection cannot be denied. He conquered the grave, who doesn’t want that?? Choose life everlasting. Not a hard decision, but it is. God is good that he is able to bring us to this conclusion if we will only humble ourselves to realize that he wants us to live forever. It is insanity to choose otherwise.

    On Mission, On Assignment, and in the Zone,

    Andy Valadez

  • Lizz Brown August 20, 2009, 2:45 pm

    Would that camp be Forest Home, by chance? Haha

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