I’ve been a Christian for pretty much my entire life. To be honest, I don’t really remember life apart from Christ. I grew up in an Assemblies of God church, quite a bit more charismatic than VCC, and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I can’t tell you when I accepted Christ as my Savior, but I know it was before Kindergarten…how do I know that? My Kindergarten teacher talked to my mom concerned that I was disappointed with Sharing Time in class because I shared with my classmates about an encounter with God at the altar the previous Sunday night, and none of the students had any frame of reference for what I was telling them. Those poor kids, they weren’t prepared for 5-year old Evangelist Cassie! I do, however, point to my freshman year of college as the point where I truly made my faith my own. It was no longer just what our family did, but it was now my choice to make Jesus and His church a vital part of my life.
I say all of this to point out that I don’t remember the first time I heard the gospel message. Part of me is sad for that. I don’t recall the awe and wonder that could have happened when I first heard about Jesus and the miracles He performed as well as the miracle of His death and resurrection. I don’t recall the first time I learned that I was a sinner. I don’t recall the first time I made a commitment to follow Jesus. Sad, isn’t it?
Now, I’m 40. I recently joined a team that will go lead a weekend program in the federal women’s prison in Dublin, because our team comes from a variety of denominations we refer to the program as ecumenical. The beauty of our team and program being ecumenical is that we will strictly keep our teaching and conversations on Jesus and the gospel message. We won’t go near theological differences, we simply tell the story of Jesus. In conjunction with this weekend I’ve been training for, Pastor Roger is spending 12 weeks teaching on the book of Mark, one of the four books that make up the gospel books in the Bible. That also means that our small groups will also go through a study on the book of Mark. In other words, a good chunk of 2019 is focused on the simple message of the gospel. It’s been absolutely refreshing.
What about you? Can you remember the first time you heard about Jesus? If it seems too long ago I hope that you are in one of our small groups or join us for this Sunday series. I know you won’t be disappointed in hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Cassie Arnold
I was raised in Idaho, graduated from Northwest University in ’01 with a BA in Psychology, moved to Dublin in ’04 to work at VCC, left VCC in ’14, married Anthony (my tall, dark and handsome) in ’15 and returned back to VCC in ’18! Yes, it’s been an adventure. I love adventure, exploring new cities, good coffee, and quality time with my people.
At VCC since 2018