captivated by jesus
As a teenager, I was consumed with finding joy in fleeting pleasures; whether it was athletic achievements, the thrill of a new romance, or the satisfaction of attaining the latest trinket, no matter how much I chased, or captured these pursuits, the excitement would eventually fade. What’s more, the gnawing inside that begged for something greater became more pronounced with each passing grasp. The Bible, which on the surface evoked assumptions of being outdated and familiar, was the last place I expected to find lasting joy.
But as I encountered the person of Jesus, I was captivated by Him. His words, His power, His death and resurrection, all told a story that deep down awakened something inside me. As I contemplated Him coming through the other side of death, Jesus was able to transcend time and space and I could feel Him taking me with Him. When I read about His Spirit regenerating hearts that were spiritually dead, I could feel that very process happening inside of me! It’s been over a decade since He gave me spiritual life, and regardless of the ups and downs that have come, the joy and purpose I have in Him has remained unfading.
What are some of the things you think are really great about Refuge?
Our family loves the sense of belonging, the friendly smiles, and the genuine care people have for one another. We have been greatly blessed by preaching that is centred on the Bible, and the desire to see the local community experience the hope of Jesus. Our elder daughter loves that there are other kids who she can play, learn, and grow with.
How are you involved in life at Refuge?
My wife, Erin, and I got involved in mid-week community groups a few weeks after we started attending Refuge. It’s helped us plug right in, spending time in homes, connecting with all sorts of folks over a meal; and studying the Scriptures together has become a highlight of our week. This has afforded us the chance to get to know people well fairly quickly, and it’s already provided countless opportunities to be invested in people’s lives and serve with and alongside of folks.
If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?
Refuge is a place to belong, it’s a place to explore/grow in the Christian faith in a raw and authentic way, Nobody pretends to have all their stuff sorted, and in that sense it’s a place where it’s okay to not be okay, but together find hope, forgiveness, and identity in the person of Christ.