Pastor Seamus Bradley

Pastor Seamus Bradley

Most people from around our church raise their eyebrows whenever they hear my name.  It’s unusual for a Pastor from this part of our wee city to have a name like mine.  I understand that!  The truth is that before I become a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ I was religious.  I was part of a church that taught me that to be a Christian meant earning my way to Heaven.  It meant living ‘a good life’ and praying as much as I could so that maybe whenever I die, I might have done enough to merit eternal life.  I tried as much as I could to attend many church services, trips abroad to increase my faith, I prayed to many many men and women, all the while, my religion was driving me deeper into despair and frustration.

I desired to know God, I really did.  I wanted to have eternal life but it really felt like the more I tried to know God through my religion, the further away He seemed.  …

Until I spoke to a friend who told me all about the love, grace and mercy of God.  He told me of the finished work of Jesus on the cross at Calvary and how He atoned for my sin by taking my sin on Himself.  I then began to see that I didn’t need to earn God’s love or favour because Jesus guaranteed that on the cross for me.  I didn’t have to try to earn my way to Heaven; it wasn’t about trying or hoping or praying that I’d done enough.  I could be sure of eternal life, all I had to do was trust in Jesus Christ alone.  In truth, it all seemed too good to be true, but I read the Bible for myself and began to see that what my friend was saying is true.  That moment, by faith, I confessed to God that I’d been trying to find Him my way!  I asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sins and to be the Lord of my life.

That moment of salvation is still so clear to me now…the peace I had, the feeling of love and the realisation of the sheer amount of grace that was mine still stays with me to this day.  I’m not perfect, I’m still a sinner, I mess things up quite a lot but I’m not trusting me for salvation!  If I did, I’d be in trouble.  Instead my trust is in Jesus Christ alone, it was His perfect life and sacrificial death that saved me.

I’m not religious anymore, I’m free in Christ and live for His glory!  I’m not trying to earn eternal life, I’m resting in the grace of God that saved me and looking forward to the day that I stand before God in glory dressed in the righteousness of Christ.  For now, I’ll live in a way that seeks to exalt Him in all that I do.

Soli Deo Gloria…

 

 

 

Deacon - Secretary
Jim McIntyre