At the beginning of the month I received a letter from a young lady in her 20's that found Community and has been coming ever since we started our Seven Deadly Sins series (Dead or Alive). She sent me this letter, and I thought now was a great time to pass it on to you.
Faith has always been something I have struggled with: from do I believe in God or don't I, to do I need to go to church or don't I? When I decided to ask Jesus back into my heart less than two months ago, I knew that meant I needed to go back to church. At the time I wasn't sure why, but I knew I did and I knew that church I attended needed to be Community Christian Church. I had heard so many wonderful things about Community from family and friends and I must say, so far, they are all true.
I instantly felt comfortable and at home here, which is something I have never felt at any church before in my life. When I started this path back to Jesus I was determined to make it really happen and to stick with it this time. I didn't just step in, I dove in! I have been reading everything I can get my hands on; daily devotionals, the New Testament, Bible Studies, LifeGroup material, anything.
It has been clear to me now why I need the church. I simply can't walk this path on my own. I need Jesus and I need the church. You have kept me strong in my desires to build a relationship with Christ and diligent in getting to know Him better and to stay on track. I believe that it was no accident that I came to Community at the beginning of the Dead or Alive series. This series has been instrumental in my transformation. It has really helped me unpack what is inside of me. Going through the seven deadly sins has helped me examine who I was and who it is I really want to be. It has helped me to see what changes I need to make in my life to become the person God has always intended for me to be. I have heard that when you choose to accept Christ into your life the transformation happens from the inside out. I have truly been able to see and feel that change happen within me to the point that my outward actions and attitude sometimes even surprise me.
My dedication to live a life centered around God has brought me so much joy in such a short time. I know that is partly due to my determination, but has even more to due with God having never given up on me and you and the church guiding me and keeping me on track. I am so thankful God brought me here to Community and I don't think I will ever be able to thank you enough.
This Christmas, dear friends, please remember the greatest gift you can give anyone is the gift of Christ and the connection they can have with His Family!