From a very early age I had a growing awareness of my sinful nature and of my need for a Savior despite not being raised in a Christian home. When I was a young boy my mother bought me a Bible upon my request. I continually read it and even to this day have only missed a handful of days in total of Bible study. At age 11 while attending a church in my hometown I met with a Youth Pastor concerning what it meant to commit your life to Christ in order to receive God’s gift of salvation. I had a hunger to know God more and to be saved from my sins. However, the church taught that baptism was part of salvation and I got baptized believing my public profession of faith and baptism was what saved me. From that point on I was always nervous that every time I sinned I had lost God’s forgiveness of my sins and needed to pray for salvation over and over again. I developed a works based salvation ideology. Throughout my teenage and college years I drifted away from pursing Christ in all things, but never drifted away from reading my Bible. It was an odd thing looking back at it because I would get up early in the morning before class, read my Bible, and then go on living for my own selfish pursuits and sin the rest of the day.
It was not until I was 23 and on my way to work that I heard and completely understood the correct gospel. Adrian Rogers was preaching via the radio and I remember God breaking me with the understanding that it was faith alone in the Lord Jesus alone that brings us into a right relationship with God. God saved me that day as He opened my heart to repent of my sins and trust in the Lord Jesus' finished work alone to save me from the wrath of God I richly deserve. My wife and I got plugged into a good Bible believing church, I was baptized, and eventually called into ministry. I was licensed to the Gospel ministry by First Baptist Church of Arnold in April 2011, graduated from Liberty Baptist Seminary in October 2011 with a Master of Divinity and was pastoring a satellite church plant of First Baptist Church of Arnold. In June 2012 the Lord called my family and I to First Baptist Puxico where I'm blessed to serve as Lead Pastor. Since coming to Puxico God has been kind in allowing us as a church to grow together in truth and grace.
On behalf of the faith family at First Baptist Church Puxico you are always welcome to celebrate Jesus with us and to join us in spreading the Good News to the ends of the earth.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
You can contact Pastor Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Justin has also published two books: