Today’s sermon is Sinner to Saint, my testimony. I will not be printing the sermon notes due to the Personal Identifiable Information involved. Suffice it to say that on April 20, 1972 I received Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.
Here is the story.
I was attending Boise State University. I met a girl and we began dating. She was staying with her grandfather who required her to go to church. So, if I wanted to be with her, I also had to go church. Neither of us were believers in Jesus Christ.
Later that semester I proposed and she accepted. It was agreed that she would go home and work and I would complete school. Then we would get married.
The following spring, I went to visit her. We had a good time together. When I arrived home, there was a package waiting for me. It had her engagement ring and a note breaking off our engagement. I was heartbroken.
I went back to the church. Unfortunately, my motivation was all wrong. I went to meet and date more of the girls. The girls had been taught well. They refused my dates, but were willing to invite me to church activities. They and their parents were concerned about my soul.
They encouraged me to attend a Bible study at a local restaurant. The speaker was talking about how to have a personal relationship with Christ. It was after one of these studies that the Holy Spirit drew me to Christ. I went home, repented of my sins, and asked Jesus to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior.
I became involved in an on-campus organization, Campus Crusade for Christ, and one of their members discipled me. I grew in my relationship with God and felt called to ministry. After graduation, I joined the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.
And as they say, “The rest is history.”
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001