My name is Jonathan.
I am a husband, father, pastor.
My life before I believed the gospel was a life of false holiness. I was known for not drinking, smoking, or having sex with other women (which all my friends were doing at the time). I was known for not doing this because I was a Christian. The real reason why I wasn’t joining in these various activities was definitely out of a fear of my mother finding out I was doing these things, and not out of a fear of offending Holy God. While my life on the outside was whitewashed and pristine, I was a filthy man with an evil heart that loved to sin against God. One big moment in my life God used to reveal Himself to me was through a question I distinctly remembered asking myself. The summer before my senior year of high school I remembered asking myself, “There has got to be more to this Jesus thing.” As I sat through church and read my bible I realized there was something more to Christianity than what I had. As it turns out, that “something” was a genuine true conversion of the soul. It wasn’t until a couple of years later during my sophomore year of college that God saved me. It was in December of 2000 that I remember coming to the realization that I was a sinner, and I needed to be saved. Up until this point in my life I didn’t have a proper understanding of who I was before God and that I needed to be saved from the wrath of God that rested upon me. I know I couldn’t use the words I now know to describe what happened in my life, but I know this for sure, at that moment I cast everything I had at the feet of Christ as my only hope of salvation. I repented of my sin and placed my faith in Jesus Christ as the only mediator that could make me right with God. Since then I have come to understand and believe that the bible is God’s Holy Spirit inspired, inerrant word breathed out by God, and written by man. God’s word reveals Himself to be the holy one. God is the pinnacle of perfection and completely ‘otherly’ from all of his creation. God is one in essence and three in person. God’s word also reveals that man is a totally depraved and wicked individual. He can not and does not want to keep the law of God. God commands of us to, “Be holy, as He is Holy”, which presents a huge problem for man. Man can not make himself right with God which is why we need the one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten son. He is 100% God and 100% man, and is the only way to God. Jesus is the final sacrifice that satisfied the wrath of God that had to be spent. Jesus took the wrath of God and died. He was buried, and resurrected from the grave, thus defeating Satan, Sin, and Death. Man can be saved by God when he repents and believes on Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Upon salvation man receives the Holy Spirit, and upon his death will be glorified. Since my conversion there has been growth in holiness, a desire to know God more through the reading of scripture, and a desire to see others be saved and embrace Jesus Christ as their savior. I want others to flee to Christ and embrace the gospel.