Fifteen years ago, on January 25, 1999, I was baptized through the Sacramento Metro Church of Christ’s campus ministry. As a freshman at the University of California, Davis, I was searching for fellowship. A decade earlier, I was severely burned in a fire and I was wondering if God really had a place for me in his church. I was initially invited by a young man on campus a month into my freshman year. I agreed to study the Bible, and was baptized and never looked back. Despite the obstacles, there are three key areas that drew me to the Sacramento Church:
The encouragement of to study God’s Word. Although I knew a little about the Bible before, I gradually began to dig deeper into in the Bible. Through Scriptures such as 1 John 2:6, I realize it is not enough to believe in Christ, but to answer the call to follow Him. This is what I strive to do daily.
The commitment to reach the lost world. While I admit that evangelism is a weakness in my Christian walk, being able to participate in spreading the gospel is what makes the Sacramento Church special. I participated in organized campaigns at various college campuses as well as spontaneous outreach opportunities at the state capitol. I once participated in a mock wedding as one of the sisters prepared for a photo shoot. It caught attention with tourists whom our group subsequently invited to church.
A sense of belonging. It is only through the Holy Spirit that I was led to a fellowship that truly accepted me. When I first came out, I expected apprehension and fear from the congregation because of my hideous scars from the fire. Over the years, while the church dynamics changed, not only did the congregation embrace me, but they were willing to stand with me as partners in the gospel. This is a fulfillment of 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 about the body of Christ being of many parts, and no one being indispensable.
These are the top three reasons why I love the church in Sacramento and why the Lord led me there fifteen years ago. Through the Spirit and the brothers who reached out to me, it showed that there is a sense of belonging and there is a purpose for my life, to serve the Lord Jesus. And to Him be the glory!