I became a Christian during my freshman year of college through the ministry of Campus Outreach (CO). At the time, I was attending a Christian university, but did not have a true understanding of the Gospel. I grew up in the church and knew all of the right answers, but Jesus was nothing more than a good luck charm to me. My best friend from high school, who wasn’t a Christian, came to know Christ at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) through the ministry of CO. We talked regularly, and he began to tell me about how God had saved him, and how he has found true joy in Christ. Through our conversations, he could tell that I was not living a life that showed any evidence of salvation. He invited me to come visit him at USI, and I accepted. While visiting, I attended one of CO’s weekly outreach events. As the speaker talked about our brokenness, and the penalty we deserve, I began to understand the weight and severity of my sin. Then he explained God’s plan of redemption for those who would believe. I vividly remember the relief and hope that came over me. I wrestled with this for several weeks, and it had become clear to me that I was not a Christian. I began searching the Bible, trying to find any possible way to become a Christian without giving up my own idols (and failing miserably, praise God). Finally, through the power of the Holy Spirit, my resistance to surrender was defeated. For the first time in my life, I confessed my sin to the Lord, professed faith in Jesus Christ, and asked Him to save me.
I ended up transferring to USI in the spring of 2008, and a few weeks into the semester, I met Ben Russell on campus. He was working at the university, but also leading the college ministry at Westwood. We built a good friendship, and I started attending Westwood periodically. I began attending regularly in the fall, and became a member in 2009. I have been at Westwood for 11 years total.
Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
· Other than the Bible, no book has shaped me as a worship leader more than this book. This is a great reminder for worship leaders to remain steadfast in shepherding the church through biblical worship, and not fall victim to the trends of the culture.
Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin
· This book is great for anyone who has wanted to explore John Calvin without taking on thousands of pages of reading. It takes excerpts from Calvin’s Institutes and answers practical questions of the Christian faith.
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
· This book is a great challenge to anyone pondering what God’s will for their life might be. Spoiler alert: It’s not as complicated as you might think.
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