My name is Rose Barrett, and I would like to share the story of my journey to Jesus. I accepted Christ as a 4-year-old in Sunday School. I remember the moment well; I felt the Holy Spirit's presence. However, I've had a difficult life, having faced abuse, loneliness, divorce, illness, death, and despair. The Lord and I have been around the bend and back. In 2006, He finally got my attention for good when I experienced crippling anxiety. It changed my life entirely and brought me to my knees. I went through an intense time of finding the right combination of medication and therapy. I had to dig through that childhood of mine and examine why I was so self-destructive. I renewed my hope in Christ alone, and He has never left my side. Today, I want to tell everyone about Jesus. He loves you so much!
Beth Moore describes my experience perfectly.
" This was my life. This parallel existence, tiptoeing, knees shaking wildly, on the tight rope hung between love and lunacy, where I was too terrified of heights to guess which way I would fall.
"But fall, I did. At first, just into occasional ditches. Then into an abyss so deep, it seemed to have no floor. I tried to will myself into a reversal of gravity. I tried to repent my way into a reversal of gravity. Though I was utterly repentant and miserable and spotlessly forgiven by a merciful God, I continued to free-fall, limbs flailing, and sanity teetering. I knew no other way.
"My theology had yet to collide with my reality. The belief in my heart had not yet jumped to life in my bones. I had been sorry before. Truly sorry. But I eventually returned to the same defeated pattern. I had a heart for God. I’d been mesmerized by Jesus since childhood. But I had a mind bent with torment.
"My battle would not have been obvious to most observers. I had been successful in many ways. But a reckoning had come. My past had come to reckon with my present, and it would have a titanic effect on my future. How, as I free fell further and further into that black canyon, only time could tell."
We believe that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6)
We believe that "salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
We believe "if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:8)
We believe "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
We believe that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" and can fully redeem and powerfully use even those who consider they have been "the worst." (1 Timothy 1:15)
We believe God "is patient, not wanting any to perish but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
We believe that all scripture is "God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe that every believer in Christ is the "temple of the Holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 6:19)
We believe we have been "baptized by one Spirit into one body" (1Corinthians 12:13) and recognize the value and equality of all members of the body of Christ. We are "all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
We actively support the unity of all believers eclipsing all denominational, economic, or ethnic diversities.
We believe we have "different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:4)
We believe that "our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so they will be like His glorious body. (Philippians 3:21)
"And so shall we forever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
Until then, we believe we are to strive to "live holy and Godly lives as we look forward to the day of God." (2 Peter 3:11,12)
We would love to hear from you.