New Member: Michael Clarke

Another addition to introducing our new members through sharing a little of their story. Our hope is that these stories will allow us to grow closer as a family as well as an avenue to share the story of our city.

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I became a born again believer over a year ago because of the mercy of The Lord in my life. I came to know Christ through a guy at work who was living missionally within the workplace and was taking time to care for me by getting to know me. I was raised in a catholic family up till the divorce of my parents when I was a sophomore in high school. Growing up I would claim to be a Christian because that was the socially acceptable thing to do in the area I lived in. I played soccer at Georgia state for two years before I transferred to UGA where my life was radically changed eternally.

I became a believer in Christ while working at chickfila because of one guy putting his faith in The Lord and taking that initial step of faith of reaching out to me and getting to know me and to show that he truly cares about people. It was through his persistence to share the gospel with me and to pour into me and to devot time from his week every Friday that I came to truly hear what the gospel is and how Christ's death on the cross has given me eternal life if I truly put my faith in Christ and believe that He died for my sins, every one of my sins past, present and yet to come.

In my life, I am living missionally at chickfila using my job as the platform that God has given me to share the gospel with my coworkers. Rather than seeing my job as a way of making money, I am seeing it as a means to care for people and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone I work with. The desires of my heart have radically changed. My motives behind my actions have changed and my perspective on life has changed from being one focused on me and my life to that of eternity and for the sake of others around me.

I wanted to become a part of the body of Christ that lives on mission within our city of Athens with the one desire to proclaim the gospel to every corner of this city. The way the church is being lead by Matt and the missional mindset of the church make it very desirable to want to be a part of this community.

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