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Growing up in a small but picturesque village in the mountains, I first heard the Gospel when I left my village to study in a provincial university as an English major student in 2000. There I was blessed through the ministry of some US missionaries from ELIC who came to teach English. One first year Oral English teacher in particular was always full of great energy and marvelous ideas. One evening Ms. Julie Seek, now a pastor´s wife, showed us a cartoon named “The Prince of Egypt. After seeing that movie I had many questions regarding ¨the miracle of the Red Sea¨ and ¨Who was this God.¨ But I did not like Julie’s explanation of the Triune God like three cups into each other or her other ideas, and thought I would be foolish to accept her ideas. Time flew quickly; after Julie finished her contract term in our school, we received Mr. Owens as our sophomore and junior year English teacher.

 

Mr. Owens was a nice, well-educated, and easy-going teacher who invited us to attend his Bible studies every week. At first, many of us joined these studies to practice our English, but only two of us persisted regularly. One day in 2003, Mr. Owens asked us to pray a prayer after him to decide to follow Jesus. After praying this prayer, I thought this magic prayer made me a Christian immediately. Thus I began to call myself a Christian. From 2003 till early 2010, I often doubted my salvation and I chased the idols that were being constantly created by my heart. I cohabited with different non-Christian boyfriends, even one who claimed to be a Christian because he came from a Christian family from Tennessee. At one point I tried to have my own business with non-Christian partners and studied Spanish in the hopes of moving to Spain. I was chasing after all these things to have a wealthier life; my Christian belief served as a mere ¨Aladdin´s lamp.¨ The more I chased my idols, the less I felt I was saved; this whole process of being was just like a vicious cycle.

 

When I graduated in 2004, I moved to the South of China to work. Without any Christian fellowship, I kept up reading one chapter of the Bible each day and kept thinking I was being a fine Christian. In April 2005, I was baptized in a Three Self Church along with a peer concubine of an old married business man. From that day on we had become very close friends till I was found by the reformed doctrines. I did not realize to be so close to her did not make me any better (1 Corinthians6:10, 16), so when I was in a broken relationship with my ex-boyfriend in 2008, she told me that I was even worse than her since that time my relationship with my ex-boyfriend made me feel sinful to go back to church worships, while she continued to do every sermon, she said that I should go. So I was pissed off and thought of myself at least being better than her as I was at least not a concubine and I did not feel myself acceptable to go to church as a wretched being, but how dare she could and she even went, this God is not what I should believe, as He did not punish us our sins.

 

Of course, with no biblical Christian friend who could tell me how to get myself together as a God created me to be. I was overwhelmed with all these many sins from me and people around me. So I stopped going to any church for almost one year from 2008 till 2009 and tried to run away from this sad Shenzhen in July 2010 to work in a Hu’nanese company. But God brought me back to Shenzhen and after second broken cooperation with an Atheist partner(first was in 2007), I started seriously attending my new church services since November 2010, the church have shared a great deal of new concepts to me through Westminster Shorter Catechism. Thank God for His merciful hands! In February 2011, not long after I changed to my previous church for worship, while the whole country of China was celebrating the Chinese Spring Festival, I began listening to Pastor Luke Lu´s teaching series ¨Knowing Salvation” through the internet without knowing that Pastor Lu was actually a teacher of the ministers from the church where I was. His biblical exposition of salvation has set me free, as what he preached was like a living spring which made a dry and broken heart filled and restored.

 

He said that salvation was by grace alone, without any of our work, ¨for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.¨ (Ephesians 2:10) We were not saved by praying a prayer to follow Jesus, as I had thought when I followed Mr. Owens to pray that prayer. We were not saved by being baptized, as I had thought when I was baptized in the Three Self Church. We were saved by the Sovereign God´s grace and by grace alone; salvation belongs to the Lord. It is the Holy Spirit alone who leads us to faith in Christ Jesus by His word. To be saved is not by my choice, but by Sovereign God´s election. I could repent my sins only after being born again. Repentance does not bring me any credit to earn my salvation but is a result of the Triune God´s saving action done by Christ.

 

Pastor Lu explained that Lazarus was dead in the tomb for three days, and that he must be made alive first before he could walk out of the tomb. Similarly as born-again Christians, we must be born again first, before we walk out of our “dead body tomb” (our deadly body) to live a new life in Christ. I cannot remember how many times I listened to his precious words during that Spring Festival, but every time I listened, my whole being was like getting cleansed. With that sackcloth off, I knew I was saved to wear Christ´s white robe. After that I often listened to Pastor Lu´s biblical preaching through his website (www.teacherlu.org) from 2011 till Oct. 2013, and often proclaim the sound doctrines that I have heard from Pastor Lu as well as share his website with other people.

 

With Pastor Lu's help, God then sent me to RPTS in Pittsburgh for Biblical Counseling training, I don't know what God will put on my hands, but when I was in the US, the Lord closed the door for me to come back to Shenzhen, so I was led by Him to come to Chongqing, I will attend an international conference in Indiana this year in July Lord willing. So hope that I can get connected again with my Spiritual parents that I had when I was under their discipleship.

 

God´s grace is so abundant and sufficient, when we walk in His way, and the church now is growing. So praise the Lord, now we are in a steady and gradual spiritual growth, true to what Paul says: ¨but by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain. ¨(1 Corinthians 15:10a)

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Wow... what a heartwarming and encouraging Story!

 

Thank-you!

 

Maybe someday we can me a Pastor Lu in others' lives!

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