Andrew Rowell

I began to think seriously about my life when my eldest brother was killed in a motorbike accident. Some time before his death he had put his trust in Jesus as the only one who is able to rescue us from our sin and guilt. At this time I knew I was afraid of death and that I was not ready to die. I began to think seriously about what my life really meant and found my interest in the Bible and in Jesus Christ grow.
One Sunday evening as I was listening to a preacher explain this verse:

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” I began to see something of the importance of the death of Jesus and why Christians said that his crucifixion was so significant. I saw how I could be made right with God because he willingly gave up his sinless and guiltless life for all who put their trust in him.

At the end of the service the words of this hymn suddenly became my own:

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

From that time I knew that I must follow Jesus and give my life to him. I had no thought that I would end up as the Pastor of Grace Evangelical Church in Carlisle!

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