"You're never going to catch a fish if you don't cast a line," Corey Woodman said to us when we caught up with him after he shared his story during the service this past Sunday. (If you missed it, watch the video below!)
No, he wasn't giving us a fishing lesson, he was making a great analogy about inviting people to church.
"Don't ever be scared to invite someone to church because you have no idea what that person is going through." Corey said.
He went on to talk about how Christians shouldn't fear playing their worship music around others, or talking about going to church with coworkers because you never know when someone who needs it will hear.
Corey's mom simply asked him one day if he wanted to see his nephew be baptized at church with her.
That question changed Corey's life.
During the baptism service, Corey heard the words to the song Oceans by Hillsong United, "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders" and he realized he was ready and willing to let go of the life he was living to live a life that honored and served the Lord.
The very next day, Corey came back to the church. "I was like a little lost puppy looking for help," he told us. He sat in with a prayer group and got connected with a small group.
With the support, encouragement, and prayer from his new small group, he turned his life around and walked away from drug addictions. He said he thought he knew how to live a good life, but he realized from these friendships that he really had no idea at that point.
Corey told us about how he had paid professionals for years to help him overcome his addictions and nothing helped. Then Jesus came into his life and He helped him for free. "If He did it for me, He can do it for you," Corey said. "All you have to do is ask!"
Are you like Corey and wanting to get connected with a small group? Sign up to join one of our existing small groups or to join one of our new 6-week groups coming this fall!