God is doing some big things in the lives of the people at Northside. Here's what's happening in the lives of real people around here.
I have found that Northside’s Mission Statement: “To meet people where they are, lead them to follow Jesus Christ and equip them in love to become His servants together,” proved to be very true for me. When my husband and I visited Northside Baptist Church for the first time, I read this Mission Statement in the bulletin. For years I had remained in a stagnant waiting place, and realized that I needed a new direction. The fear I experienced in wanting to reconnect with Christ was undeniably high. Through this feeling of acceptance with where I was, the pastor encouraged me to take the next step. It was very difficult for me to go from one church to another although they both believed in Jesus Christ as our Savior. When it was the right time for me, in December 2014, I was baptized not as a child but as an adult. By overcoming those fears and doubts, I was able to begin to grow in my relationship with Jesus Christ. By hearing meaningful sermons and reading the Bible for the first time, I feel that I am slowly walking my way to becoming His servant. I feel so very blessed!
My life was filled with work for God but little of God. Spiritually speaking, I was starving to death. I had service without joy, fellowship without love, and worship without the Spirit. Since church life had become drudgery, I wondered if I wasn't spiritually dead myself. God soon led me to Northside where I found Christ-focused people willing to encourage and love me. God's grace now provides a fresh freedom that has helped me be connected more fully to Christ.
Recently, I was at death's door. But I can say for sure that God was with me in every moment, in every cancer treatment, in every difficult night. Are our prayers received and answered? Absolutely. So often I will go to church and God will speak to me through a song or the message in a sermon. Yet there are also times when I'm distracted and discouraged. It's in those moments, even in the midst of worship, that I remember God's faithfulness to me, trusting that God is present and active no matter my situation.
The telephone rang at 2:30 a.m. and I knew our son had died. I had dreamed a couple of months previous that he had died. When the phone rang, I knew what the message would be. We were to meet the weekend of Mother's Day, and I had taken off work to make the trip. Yet in the midst of the grief and pain, our pastor and our deacons, indeed our whole church family, showed up with love and support. Food came in by the sacks full. Others who had suffered the loss of a child came to offer us the comfort of being able to "get through" the death, knowing we would not "get over" it. The funeral was arranged, but still no tears came. The hurt was so deep; tears were dry. There is no way to describe the comfort and prayers which came to us. Though it has been years, our son is still missed. But we find the strength to carry on through our good God, and the people we worship and serve with each week.
Music has played a large part in my life. Though I cannot sing a note, I love the music and the message it brings to my heart and soul. In serving the Lord in the capacity of a layman, music was always a part of that service. One of my very favorite hymns is "Victory In Jesus", and though the notes may not come through like they are written, I know that God hears it from my heart. God's messages through the scriptures have been more than "food for the soul"; they have ministered to me in so many ways, and taught me to worship.
I have been so blessed by the family at Northside. This last January our daughter was hospitalized out of town, and my husband stayed out of town with our with youngest daughter. I was dreading coming home because I knew I had left it in a mess. But when we returned, my sweet Bible study group had come and cleaned our home. And just a month ago several came and put a sump pump on our patio so we would not flood. God is definitely is doing some big stuff at Northside.
For thirty years, my wife and I have called Northside home. I've seen countless people come to know Christ, and I've seen many of the old-timers go to be with God. It has been through their testimony of faith that I've been drawn closer to Christ. As I hear the sermons, I feel the Lord speaking to me. I'm seeing new things in scripture and learning how to pray, even after all these years.
I was raised in the Hill Country in a strong Christian home. I moved to Victoria two years ago and found a wonderful home at Northside. The Lord speaks to me every time I hear the sermons. The Lord and Northside have helped my family and me through some difficult times.
So, what's your faith story? Share it with us.