Today's post was written by Brook Hills member Lynn Richardson.

From the time I was a little girl, I thought that being a Christian meant that you went to church and tried to be a good person. I thought I could be a "good person" and didn't need religion.

In my mid-30s, I heard the gospel and believed it was true. I understood for the first time that it was about more than just God - it was about Christ's death on the cross. But even after hearing the truth, my life was still not changed. To be honest, I thought I wasn't good enough to be a Christian and accepted by God.

I started to attend Brook Hills, and through the biblical messages and the help of my daughter Tara and her husband Richard, I started to fully understand the gospel. That I am not good enough. None of us are. But Jesus is!

His death paid the price for my sins that I could never pay. He was raised and triumphant over sin and death. Because of His sacrifice on my behalf, I can be seen as righteous before God. 

I am eternally grateful that He has given me faith and allowed a sinner like me to be reconciled to Him. I no longer place my hope in the things of this world but only in Christ and in my relationship with Him. He is leading me to be more like Him. He is changing my heart, my thoughts, my desires, and goals in life. I now find true joy in Him.

 He's also shown me the importance of a faith community especially through my small group and the importance of publicly professing my faith through baptism.