* Bribie Island (QLD) Team Leader
From an early age, through the influence of my grandmother, I attended an Anglican Church where she was the organist. I attended Sunday school each Sunday. However, I did not acknowledge Christ as my Lord and Saviour until many years later. At some stage in my early teens, I remember making a profession of faith. However, shortly after doing so I got involved in the wrong crowd and began a life of alcohol and drugs. I do know that through all this I was searching for the meaning of life. I looked into a number of "religions." Buddhism, humanism, and whatever else caught my attention. I never had peace; I was always looking for something better, more fulfilling, something to fill that deep yearning I had within me.
Some years ago my father died and I attended his funeral which was held at the local Baptist church where he and my mother were members. I remember seeing and feeling the love and warmth of the Church folk, how they took care of all the details, and fussed over us. There was something there, and I wanted it. In hindsight, I know it was the love of God being demonstrated through the Church.
This is when I realized that I was a sinner, and what I had been searching for all these years was right in front of me. In 2000, I repented of my sins and made a confession of faith. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I know that I am a child of God, through Christ shedding His blood on Calvary. I began attending the same Baptist church that my parents had been members of for a number of years. I was told that they had been praying for my salvation for many years.
It is by God’s grace that I am saved, not by anything I have done. Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” It has been 16 years since my conversion; I look back and can clearly see God’s working in my life. Sanctification is a lifelong process, and my desire is that I grow in godliness, and that I become more and more like Jesus Christ. I know too that when I do fall, the Bible says in 1 John 1:9 that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” My prayer is that I will always be available to do whatever I can to serve, to honour and obey God, to have a good testimony, and that I would leave a lasting legacy that would point others to Christ.
Bribie Island (QLD)
Meets the 4th Saturday of each month 2-4pm at Bongaree Jetty, Bribie Island, Australia.
Next outreach: Today
Contact Michael Strydom for more information.