on sure foundation
I reckon I had near perfect church attendance for the early part of my life. From my teenage years onward, however, I lived life as I pleased, indulging in things I’m now ashamed of. I called myself a Christian…in reality, I was a hypocrite. After comparing myself to others, my eggs were in a basket labelled, 'I’m not all that bad—you’ll make it to heaven.' I had built my life on sandy foundations.
During a gap year, I found myself surrounded by Christians living morally superior lives to mine. When I compared myself, I fell short. They even spoke of their needing God’s forgiveness and of having a relationship with God.
It dawned on me—I was not a Christian. I feared for my eternal destiny.
I began to read the New Testament and couldn’t get enough of it. In time, I confessed my sins to God, asked for forgiveness and said I wanted to pursue him all my days. The truth that God knew all the wrong I’d ever done, yet had forgiven me because Jesus had paid my penalty, was sweet. My appreciation of and love for Jesus continued to grow. I had come to realise that faith in Jesus and his work on the cross was the only sure foundation to build my life upon.
how did you come to be part of Refuge?
(My wife) Lindsay and I were friends with a couple from her church in Florida who had a vision to plant a church. My recollection is that Lindsay suggested they consider Scotland—and they did! We were involved in the beginning when the Setliffes moved to Glasgow. When Refuge started meeting on a Sunday morning we took a step back since I was carrying out a placement at our then church in the West End. In January 2016 we decided to join Refuge again and I began as a Church Apprentice.
What are some of the things you think are really great about Refuge?
Like many churches, we are quite a diverse group of people—different interests, stages in life, careers, hobbies, ages and so on. There is no way we would ordinarily know each other or hang out together apart from the common thing that unities us; love of Jesus and thankfulness of all he’s done on our behalf.
How are you involved in life at Refuge?
I have the privilege of being an elder and working full time for the church.
what about Refuge encourages your faith?
The fact she still exists (God will build His church).
The growth in individuals as they pursue God. Our Community Group where we meet to discuss passages from the Bible, pray together and eat good food. The willingness of so many to serve and use their gifts. My faith is always encouraged when I witness others pursuing God through His Word and prayer.
If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?
You would be most welcome.