All-Aboard: The Phillips Family Joins the Core Team
It was not so much the oft-asked question, “What is the will of God for my life?” Instead, it was an affirmation of what God has disclosed of Himself and His will upon this earth, that those who follow after Christ will love Him preeminently and make His name known in all corners of the earth. The question for Meagan and me was, “Given that we know that God desires for us to love Him and spread His fame everywhere, do we actually love Him more than everything else, and if so, how and where can we plug in to what He has already called us to?” The Lord used a handful of Christians in our lives to help us discern this.
“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we much be saved” (Acts 4:12). As I write this on the second birthday of our son, Riley, I cannot help but to think of the families by which Meagan and I both were blessed. We grew up with parents who not only had us in churches that preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, but also rightly understood from the Bible that it was their responsibility to teach us God’s Word and model a Christian life before all people, including their children.
Looking at the city of Columbus as well as the surrounding areas, I am deeply heartbroken for the children growing up without this knowledge of Jesus being our only salvation. There are thousands of students who are learning worldviews that stand in stark contrast to a biblical worldview with little knowledge of the God who created the world they are studying. These are the same students that are then going to college without realizing that there is a loving and gracious God who has already sacrificed His own Son so that they may have real life, everlasting life.
What a task ahead of us! But what a great blessing it is to have the opportunity to offer real, life-changing hope to people who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ! In what is now a city needful of the gospel, God has blessed our family (Ryan, Meagan, Riley – 2 years, Abby Ruth – 3 months) with the opportunity to serve Him and this city in the confident hope that Bexley, OH will be a light for the fame and majesty of our great God.