‘Crucified Life’ by Rev. B.N. Satpathy (5th August, 2018)

Rev. B.N. Satpathy preached from Galatians 2:20,21. His theme was ‘Crucified Life’. In this passage, Paul talks about Spiritual Crucification. We need to remember 4 things about a Crucified life in Christ.

1) It is a suffering life. It is not a pain-free life.
2) It is a tradition-free life, but it is a transformed life.
3) It is not the old life; but a new life. We are a new creation in Christ.
4). It is not a self-centered life, but a self-less life. Christ lives in me.

Never forget, Christian life is not a bed of roses; but it is a life of suffering.

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  1. Avatar Johanna says:

    Hello,

    My name is Johanna. I was born and brought up in a Christian family, but never really knew the Lord. I am from Mumbai, India. For me, there was a God but He never really made any sense to me. After completing my Graduation, I went to London for business studies. There I met this man, who was my senior in college. He was about to complete his Masters and he already had a wonderful offer from a multinational. He belonged to a very prestigious family in that locality. So, for me it was like wow!!! I had dreams of marrying him, starting a family with him, having nice posh house and a luxury vehicle. In fact what more can a girl expect in her early 20’s. I was in a relationship with this man for 5 long years. After I completed by Masters, I too got a good job. I always thought that the man of my dreams would take care of me always. But, at the end of 5 years, he decided to call it quits as he thought he had enough with me! And in those 5 years of Live-in relationship, he was my everything. I tried to satisfy him to the fullest. He controlled me completely and I always listened to what he said as I loved him a lot. Every breath I took was for him and him alone. At the end of 5 years, he left me shattered. I didn’t know where to go what to do as I had lost my father a year back and had lost my mom about 8 years back to cancer. I came back to Mumbai; I went to a local church but nothing really touched my life. I decided not to go back to UK anymore as there was nothing left for me there. In the meantime, I had to travel to Bhubaneswar to attend my best friend’s wedding. She insisted me to come to her wedding. On 28 July evening, I was searching Google to find a good church in town. I came across a name ‘Church of Christ’. I contacted the church and was informed that the English Service on Sunday starts @ 10 am. In a state of desperate brokenness, I attended the church service the next morning, i.e. 29th July. I had only tears in my eyes as those bad memories flashed in my eyes. I felt so ashamed; so guilty as to why I did this! That moment the choir sang a song which I think I have heard on YouTube before. Every word of that song meant so much to me. It went like this: This is Amazing Grace, this is unfailing love, that you would take my place, that you would bear my cross, you lay down your life, that I would be set free…through this song there were tears in my eyes and it was just like the Lord was speaking to me! I could not attend the whole service as I had my return flight to Mumbai that afternoon but that song echoed in my ears.

    About 10 days later, one of my friends sent me a link of your church website unionchurch.org.in. It connected me to an audio message uploaded on YouTube. As the preacher started the message, he said: As a serious Christian, our desire ought to be not to live for ourselves, but to live for GOD. He further said ‘Crucified life is not an old life, but a new life in CHRIST’. These words really touched me deeply. I had heard that beautiful song about 10 days back and now this. I knew the Lord was speaking to my heart. That moment I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I truly repented of my sins. I became His child on 8th August, 2018; a day I will never ever forget. I knew I didn’t have to be ashamed anymore. I knew I was forgiven. I can say this proudly today, I don’t have a husband; I don’t have a family; I don’t have much of bank balance; but I have someone who is more dear and near to me than anyone else in this world. He is my Saviour Jesus Christ. I met him through your church. I want to thank that brother who counselled me over phone and helped me to find your church; I want to thank the church choir and the timely Word of God uploaded on your website that truly changed my life. Today, Jesus lives in me. Let me add: God says he would restore back everything. For the 5 years I wasted in that wrong relationship with that man, the last 2 months have been full of joy, peace and excitement you won’t believe! Since the day I received Jesus, I have not kept quiet. I have tried to share my testimony and share the message of Christ with people because I believe if you know Jesus you cannot keep him hidden. All glory belongs to GOD. Amen.

    1. Avatar admin says:

      Hello Johanna,

      It was really wonderful to read your testimony of how the Lord transformed you. We shall be praying for your new life in the Lord Jesus.

      Stay blessed in God’s Word. Always shine for the Lord. Be His Witness.

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