The biggest influencers in my faith have been my family, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, and ultimately, myself. As I stated before, I grew up in church. In fact, the church I attend today is the one my father started attending when he was only seven months old. I have strong familial ties to my church and that is ultimately where my faith began. I sometimes reminisce back to when my father would sing Amazing Grace with me and my mother would teach me Bible stories.
Many factors in the past have influenced my relationship with God and continue to do so daily. I first learned to be a Christian from my parents. They took me to Sunday School and “preaching” on Sunday mornings when I was young. They made sure I was involved in the youth group and children’s and youth choirs while growing up. They taught me to say a blessing before every meal, and they laugh when I still occasionally break into our traditional “God is great, God is good .
Church became a hobby to me, I didn’t hate going there but it was just what you did. I thought that all families were like that also, I didn’t realize till my teenage years that not everyone goes to church every Sunday morning and Wednesday night. But as I grew older and started really listening to what my friends would talk about at school, I saw that life wasn’t all about going to church and being a Christian for some people. During my seventh grade year, my church went to a youth rally at a local church on weekend. Because of this rally and the message it sent, I realized and wanted to give my life to Jesus through baptism.
What have I done to show my generosity to others? I pray for each student in my every class every day, no matter he or she is a Christian or not. I listen whatever my students want to share with me about their lives patiently and give them my advice from the Bible guiding them in the way they can see the grace from God. I spent a whole week with some youth using reusable materials to finish decoration for VBS event. I spent two months talking to my parents via international calls every midnight, prayed for them, and wanted to let them know how much love they have been receiving from Jesus Christ.
Sunday school really impacted my life by showing me what I was missing out on and that you can always learn new things. Around my freshman year in high school, I decided to get baptized and confirmed into the church which was a big step in my spiritual life. Being baptized and confirmed into the church was scary because you have this sense that you have to be better and always succeed. At the age of 15, I decided to take God into my life and continue to learn what he has to offer. Confirmation classes went for about a year as we studied the bibles and certain scriptures to prepare us for our test.
Are you and your family active members in a faith community? Yes If so, please tell us the name of the faith community (church, parish, other) and describe your involvement in this community. Our faith community is St. Paul of the Cross Church and School in Park Ridge, Illinois. We have been parishioners of St. Paul of the Cross since 1998 when we moved to Edison Park. We attend mass regularly as a family – on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligations and special occasions.
His decision to believe Christ for his salvation was decided that day. He was immediately filled with the desire to evangelize and led his own mother to Christ. Smith has been to many different church’s growing up in his time. He began at an Episcopal Church and then at the age thirteen he attended the Weslyan Methodist church. Once he was sixteen he started working at a Salvation Army and was doing very well there.
Those involved in the early days of the Haslett Community Church were united in their purpose and included persons with many vocations – plumbers, electricians, painters,... ... middle of paper ... ...9, 1997, Rev. Miles preached his last sermon at HCC. Since our newly selected minister, Rev. Kurt A. Kirchoff, was not scheduled to arrive until mid August, Romi Chaffee - long-time HCC member and ordained UCC minister, provided pastoral care and Sunday sermons for this interim six-week period. Finally the Kirchoff family arrived, and Rev.
My Dad found a different church as well.His church was near Atlanta, Georgia and it was named Berean Christian Church. So, once my dad founded a home church, I was going to church with my Dad every single Sunday. Faith played a huge part in my parents forgiveness of each other. The weeks I’m with my Dad, he cooked more. Talked to more to my sister and I more and he became a better listener.It was like he was becoming a better father.
Thus, I grew up in a Christian family, with devout Christian parents, who exemplified the Christian faith in their commitment to the Community. Every morning and evening my daddy who had a little knowledge about scripture would yet read and expound from the Scripture and my mother being the Sunday school teacher would always encouraged and helped me involved in singing, drama and other Christian activities as a young boy. Home and Sunday school were the first places where my Christian faith took shaped and grew. However, until the age of 14, I was not sure of my salvation. Then, during a youth crusade, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and I became sure of my salvation.