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John Woodard

Do this in remembrance of me

My Story

Written by: John Woodard

“Knowing that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, I gave my life to Jesus Christ…”

On February 20th, 2022, I went to “The Winter Thing,” a student event at Central Church. Little did I know a short 3-day weekend like this would change my life for the best.

On the last day of the event, Pastor Matt set up communion before everyone went home. Pastor Matt then explained what consuming the food and drink meant. Throughout Pastor Matt’s explanation, I started to second guess if I should take the communion elements because I had never heard Pastor Matt’s questions before.

Pastor Matt explained the bread and juice represented Jesus’ body and blood broken and spilled for our sin. He said that anyone who was not a believer should put the elements under their chairs. Communion was only for those who believed in Jesus Christ.

I knew that if I ate the bread and drank the juice, it would mean nothing. But, if I was honest with myself and everyone around me, I had to put the elements away. I knew my life was missing something.

That “something” was a relationship with God. In my heart and soul, I knew I was in the right place. At that moment, I looked away from myself and my sin and chose Christ.

Knowing that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, I gave my life to Jesus Christ that day. Surrounded by a loving church and a loving people, I was shown that God demonstrates His love for me by forgiving me for my sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I want to say thank you to my friend Caleb for introducing me to church. Thanks to the Orwig family for driving me every week. I’m forever grateful to everyone who loved me enough to make the Gospel a priority in their life. I pray that I can share the good news of God’s love to those around me as I follow God for the rest of my life.

Jesus Christ’s body was broken and His blood spilled for our sins. Through the act of communion, John realized that he needed Jesus in His life.  If you have your own story to share of how God has changed your life, please share it with us!

John Woodard