Lino's Story




I always believed in God, and even at my angriest and most delinquent I was the drunk guy at the party ferociously debating religion. I thought God just wasn’t actively interested in humanity and He would do nothing to impact my life. I was never angry at Him though. I was angry at the Church.






"I THOUGHT GOD JUST WASN’T ACTIVELY INTERESTED IN HUMANITY AND HE WOULD DO NOTHING TO IMPACT MY LIFE."


When my wife and I came to One Community...Oh man, I was SO angry. I literally stood at the back of the Church, my hands white knuckling the seat in front of me. Here I am trying to wrap my head around the fact the most compassionate display of Christ like teaching just came from a female pastor after a rock music laden service. I "literally could not even" as the kids say. Then I encountered Christ. It was during worship on a Sunday. The band was playing “For The Cross” and I just fell apart...I mean full out weeping. It was in that moment that I knew that I was truly forgiven and that Christ was with me still.



"I realized that God is not afraid of our questions or our doubts and that if my faith stayed in Him I couldn't go wrong."



One College really was a crucible for me, were it not for One College I don’t know that I would be as firmly planted as I am today. Having a forum where questions, doubts and deliberation over the Bible was encouraged really helped me realize that Church, done correctly, could still serve a purpose and really have an impact. It helped restore my faith in the church. I realized that God is not afraid of our questions or our doubts and that if my faith stayed in Him I couldn't go wrong.


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