For a while I wanted to back away from P.T
It felt as though I worshiped him because I wanted to be like him so bad. People even started to notice how I quoted him a lot or used similar mannerisms. It started to get annoying.
This dude named P.T. is just another sinner unworthy of God’s grace, so why would anyone want to follow him?
an answer, not the answer
I gave my life to Christ on my bedroom floor crying as this dude P.T. was halfway explaining I John & Romans to me, seemingly trying to get off the phone. I was a hardcore agnostic pondering on the notion of “Does God exist?”, & this dude P.T. would answer my phone calls at all hours of the night trying to tell me some good news.
He told me that God is faithful & just to forgive my sins if I merely confessed them, changed my mind about sin, & trusted in the finished work of Christ on the cross. He also pointed out that Christ’s resurrection was the assurance of Jesus giving us new life to live for the building of the Kingdom of God.
I never heard that before.
All the years I went to church thinking morality was Christianity, all the years I thought God was so far away, & all the years I tried (keyword: tried) to live a sinless lifestyle to appease God’s righteous wrath … a dude named P.T. comes along and tells me that I don’t have to work for my salvation.
follow him as he follows Christ
Many people can attest the love they have for Christ originated in God using some dude name P.T. as a tool. We know that it is only by God’s grace that he would be used in such a mighty way but I must give credit where credit is due.
He pushes us to know the gospel, speak the gospel, live the gospel, & most of all share the gospel. He taught us that we preach Christ Jesus as Lord & Savior. (<-notice the period)
The Bible Studies taught at Good Hope on Thursday at 7pm are life changing. Few people can come in & walk out the same. Seeds are planted & watered as if we were going to an old school revival, but with good doctrine being taught and no hooping (except when Dennis speaks).
I have seen more people get saved by grace, baptized in faith, & humbled by the Spirit of Truth than anywhere I have ever been. & all he does is say what the Bible says, in context.
all jokes aside, well kinda
Sin is not the end of your life.
Jesus’ death is the end of your life, & his resurrection is the beginning of your new life.
If you only learn one thing from this dude named P.T. please let it be that Jesus Christ gave up his life on the cross for you & he wants you to grab hold of him for dear life. Jesus died FUBU (For Us, By Us) & paid the debt that we owed God. Either you die for your sins or you allow Jesus to die for your sins. The cross is a stop sign & not a yield sign. It is not because of you but in spite of you that Christ chose to die for you. Turn from sin & seek Christ because where your life ends is where Jesus begins. Jesus started a good work in you that he will finish & by the grace of God Jesus will one day say, “Well done good & faithful servant … welcome home … now here is your Bently & flat screen“.