Personal profile for user screen name: koinekidI am senior Biblical Studies major and a Spiritual Life Director at Liberty University. I am a student member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
I plan to continue my education with seminary, working towards a M.A.R. in Religion, an M.Div., a Th.M., and eventually my Th.D., I plan, God willing to teach Bible, theology, or Greek on either the college or seminary level (perhaps both), pastor a small church, and write books (both theological and fiction).
The most important qualification I have to answer your questions, however, is my relationship with Jesus Christ. I grew up in a Christian home, went to church, and, later, to a Christian school as well. I was bullied a lot in my early years. Bullies would lock me in a toilet stall during our bathroom breaks in second grade. It happened so often it became a routine. Eventually I decided to use the time to pray that God would save me. I really had no clue what salvation was all about. I just knew that it was a good thing and I wanted it. I told my mom about this, and she had our pastor come to our house and talk to me. He walked mw through God's plan of salvation, asked me to pray with him, and I did. All the while I was wondering when he would tell me how to be saved. I figured there was some special phrase or a group of magic words I needed to say in order to become a Christian. I left the room, and my mom came in a few minutes later and TOLD ME I had been saved.
That was a HUGE mistake.
I went on for the next few years thinking I was a Christian, when in reality I was not. There came a time when God's Spirit began to show me how much of a sinner I really was. So, acting on His leading, I asked my mom if she thought I was saved. She led me through the plan of salvation. She showed me how that I along with everyone else in the world was a sinner, and since God is totally just, He cannot allow sinners into heaven. She also showed me in Scripture that God because of His mercy and great love for us, provided a way, through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus, for me to receive forgiveness for my sins and eternal life (2 Cor. 5:21; Jn. 3:16). That night God saved me, and made me into a totally new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). That night I did not become a Christian because I wanted to please my mom or dad. I did not become a Christian because my pastor asked me to. I became a Christian because God revealed to me my sinful state, and drew me to Himself. I became a Christian because I finally saw myself for who I really was, and God for who He really is.
I have been a Christian for around seven years now. Since that night, I've been able to fellowship with God through prayer and Bible study. I've fellowshipped with fellow Christians, and been used by God to minister to the lives of His people, and to teach them His Word. I have a place guaranteed in heaven.
But the most important thing I have is the foundation of all these things, my relationship with Christ. My position as one of God's Children is secure because it is based not on my faithfulness, but His.
Praise God for His unchanging grace!
Upholding Scriptural Accuracy, Integrity, Immutability, and Relevancy: Working towards the glory of God and the salvation of man
BTW Check out my website dealing with the moral state of the United States: http://koinekid.cjb.net
Also for information on Liberty University: http://www.liberty.edu
Further personal info
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Church: Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV)
Preferred Bible Translation: NKJV
For Lighter Reading: NLT
Theology: Five point Calvinist (what other kind is there?)
Trinity: I'm a Trinitarian, that is, I believe in one God in three persons
Creation: Literal Six Day Creationist
Inspiration of Scripture: Plenary Verbal
Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17
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