My name is Marco, I am Italian and I would like to witness my joy in knowing the ministry of Carelinks. This is my testimony of a change, through the way God uses these brothers and sisters.
I met this ministry via the Internet many years ago, when I started to read and understand the Christadelphian doctrines. It was a difficult period of my life because I was living my life my way, without cultivating hope. My religious past was characterized by restlessness and dissatisfaction because I did not know the true Jesus, and therefore the true way of being Christian. The contact with Bro Duncan helped me to understand many things about myself in the life of faith.
I was looking for a religious identity but I was thus weakening my faith, because being brothers in Christ/Christadelphians, is much more than an identity, being most importantly a way of living the message of life and hope contained in the Holy Scriptures, which does not exalt the flesh but strengthens the spirit (Gal. 5:16).
I have finally found a Christian way of life that makes me say with joy: “I know whom I have believed” (2 Tim. 1:12). Jesus said that the Truth will make us free (John 8:32), but the price of such freedom is unpopularity. Those who take seriously the biblical message will not conform to what people say about God and Christ, but will want to adhere to every teaching of the Holy Scriptures, moved by a fullness of life that no religion or theology can arouse.
I have now understood many biblical teachings in the right light, and rediscovered the joy of believing. My Christian path is more alive and steadfast. The prayers, spiritual sharing and books I receive from Carelinks brothers are a blessing to me. I understand that there is nothing secondary in the Bible, but that the whole Word of God involves the believer so that he is faithful in everything (Luke 16:10; 2 Corin. 2:9). But true fidelity presupposes the correct knowledge of the things of God.
The ministry of Carelinks made me aware of the importance of Christian baptism and the experience of baptism has changed me, because I did not adhere to a ‘religion’ but I have cemented my trust in God and my desire to follow Christ. A baptized person is therefore a full-time disciple who has the heart to follow in the footsteps of the Master of Nazareth.
My prayer is that every person who benefits from the fruits of this Ministry, to the glory of God, be motivated to be a disciple with joy and steadfastness. It is important, really important to live the Gospel in the right way, giving a testimony of light and truth to dispel the darkness of lies that undermine so many sincere people. May the Lord bless us all by strengthening our love of the scriptures and the desire to walk in Christ.
Bro Marco Soranno (Italy)