The first thing I think about when I think of Quest and the ministry of Dave is discipleship. Just meeting up with him and talking about the Word of God and what is going on in my life has been an incredible encouragement to me. As a new believer I needed someone to help me figure out how to live the Christian life and Dave helped me to do that.
I’ve observed that discipleship is not always what Christians do and I’m glad that I’ve had a chance to be discipled in a personal way.
One of the things I learned from Dave was the importance of just obeying the commands that Jesus gave us. Soon after I became a Christian, Dave asked me if I was aware of the command to be baptized. What was so great about that experience is that obedience was simple and fast. He didn’t make a big deal out of it…we just gathered a group of my friends and family and went next door and he baptized me in a pool. This whole experience taught me that we need to respond to what the Bible says and not delay in our obedience. Jesus did say that we should teach them to “observe all that I commanded” and I got a good start at that.
When I first became a Christian, my involvement in the college Veritas group was also an amazing time for me…the timing was perfect for me. Dave was talking about famous verses in the Bible, such as John 3:16 and John 14:6. This study helped me to make the Christian life crystal clear. I learned that many of those verses are taken out of context though and so I not only learned the basics of Christianity but I also learned how important it is to properly study the Bible in the context that God placed it.
That has helped me to be a person that reads my Bible more and studies it in light of the verses around it.
Over the past two years, since I’ve become a Christian I’ve been able to be used by God to do many things like lead music on Friday nights, share my faith many times at work and other places, use my musical ability on two mission trips to the Czech Republic and even starting to learn how to teach and lead the discussions at our Friday night Veritas group. God has been incredibly good to me and Quest Ministries has played a major role in helping me to be a true disciple of Jesus.