He thought he had all the facts; but even after years of studying the Bible, finding the one true Church was still a quest Mark knew he had to take, to turn his mere belief in God into true worship.
“This is it. This is like my contract. This is like my contract between me and Jesus now that I’m here. I finally get to be recognized. Finally be a citizen in this nation of God. You can say Mark Flemming is now a true Christian, a son of God.”
I grew up believing in God. My dad would read the bible and teach me a lot of things. Whenever I got into trouble at school, he would always go to the book of Exodus with the Ten Commandments and I have to read that twenty times. I grew up believing in God.”
It was this belief that fueled his hunger to learn the truth.
“It came to the point where I needed to, I had to do my own searching. I read Revelation. That was the first book I read, and Colossians, Thessalonians. Because I would read these things. I would read Thessalonians. I would read all these books and Paul’s always talking about the church and the church and the church. What does this have to do with my salvation? I would always ask these kinds of questions.
I always want to see my answers. When I ask answers I always want to see if from the bible. I took notes and everything cause I want to really know. In grade 11, I would go down to the library, take the atlas, take my bible, and just try to find these places, try to do something. I need someone who knew about the truth to reveal the truth to me. What if I’m being deceived right now? What if I’m not worthy? That’s what really bothered me every single day of my life. It was really important for me to know the truth.”
Mark searched everywhere for the truth and the search led to a chance encounter with an old friend.
“My friend of mine who I knew for awhile, his name is Robert Comoron, and we were just talking. It’s kind of funny; the timing was just super perfect. I was searching for a new church ‘cause I’m trying to find something. But before I even went to the worship service, I actually attended the bible study. It wasn’t an opinion, it was straight from the bible. Exactly how I wanted it. They were preaching from the Holy Scriptures. It was amazing with Revelations, these are the last days. Judgment is coming, things you don’t really hear about in other churches, especially the ones I attended to. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, is this the church that I was looking for?’ The church is in the doctrines that’s to be reemerged in these last days, as said in the Holy Scriptures. I’m like, the church, this is the church, and that was the same church Apostle Paul preached in.”
But what was it about this church that made it the church? “I was saying more of the commandments of God. Something just drew me back somehow. Usually if you don’t believe, you shouldn’t even be going back but somehow I just kept going back. It’s like my heart opened and my eyes opened. I started accepting so much stuff. As I started reading, I found everything. Everything they’re preaching is just the same thing; even the fact that God and Jesus are two different beings. I read that in the letters of Paul, the first chapters of Paul, you always see it says God the Father, and the greatest son under our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father. So I’m like wait a minute, you have God and then you have the Lord. And all of a sudden, I’m like ‘Wow, I just started seeing everything’, which was amazing. And I just wanted to keep going, and I always kept coming. Ever since day one when I got involved with this church, I did not even miss a worship service. Ever since day one, ever since I was invited, I just kept going so that’s when I decided to get baptized.
It’s more of like a reality. I have to walk; it’s something there on the path to heaven. You know it’s right there. But the path is right here. I’m gonna focus on God, always try to do my duties. Always praying, always submitting to the church administration, also attending worship service.
“People actually always take interest in it. They see a young black guy, twenty years old and coming to church, answering, getting baptized. That’s not everyday you see that. With my friends, who are also recently baptized, even them because I hang out with them a lot and they see we go to the same church together. So you know God works in mysterious ways as they say. Definitely. So just do your part. Just go through it. Just invite. This is what I wanna do for life. If I’m not in this church, what else am I gonna do for life? This is it. This is something I’m supposed to be doing for the rest of my life and forever until the end.
“I’m Mark Flemming and this is my Story of Faith.”