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Matt McWhorter: Overcoming Obstacles
Matt McWhorter grew up in a Christian home. He went to church with his parents and maintained the appearance of what he thought he was expected to be. Behind the scenes, however, his life was much different.
At age 12 he began stealing. By 16, he was smoking. He was expelled from private school for stealing and began going to public school. At 17, he found himself trying to find satisfaction and happiness by pursing his own desires. This included smoking marijuana and drinking. He soon began dealing drugs.
After two drug overdoses, he was hospitalized. While there, he had an experience which led him back to Christ.
Matt's story is a powerful testament to the saving power of grace and the healing the love of Christ can bring. He is not afraid or hesitant to share the events that have occurred in his past, but is excited to share what Christ has done. He seizes every opportunity to share his story and why his life has been so drastically changed.
Watch a video of Matt's testimony here.
He is currently in the two-year General Education program and is considering a four-year degree. He lives in Nicholson, PA.
Read other In the Spotlights here.
Why did you come to BBC?
I wanted to understand why I believe what I believe. Based on what I have seen and done, I know there is no satisfaction in the world. Desires of the flesh, pride, and possessions do not fulfill me. They do not bring me true joy or lasting happiness. The only place in the whole world I have found that is in Jesus Christ. I've realized the more I know about Jesus, the deeper I fall in love with Him and the harder it is to do things I shouldn't do.
How do you feel about your story?
I've done a lot of things I wish I hadn't. But I know I did them because God has given me a free will. So I chose to indulge in my own desires and passions. I basically ran away from God as far and as fast as I could. I know through the experiences I've had and the things I've done that I had to learn the hard way. Unfortunately, I had to go through some things weren't the best experiences. But I know they were my choices and they lead me to Christ.
How have you used your experiences to help other people?
I can say to people "I've been in that situation. I've felt those things you are feeling and you're not alone." I love the fact I can relate to so many people who are looking for hope, people who are lost and confused and have had things twisted in so many different ways. I love being able to reason with them, talk with them, speak truthfully to them, and just love them. When we display love and speak truthfully, people will respect us more than if we try to be something we are not, if we try to appear better than we are.
How has coming to BBC helped you to help others?
It has helped me realize how much grace, love, and forgiveness I've actually been given. I can read and study the word of God and further develop my relationship with Christ. I understand where He's been and what He has done for me versus where I've been and what I've done and how none of that matters. What matters is who I am in Christ. Grace is being fully exposed yet fully accepted. But it's not whether people accept us; it's that Christ accepts us. When we are weakest, when we are fully exposed, Christ can be strongest and be revealed in our lives.
What other ways would you like to minister?
I have been thinking about writing a book, but I'm not really good at putting things together. I would love to sit down and share my experiences with somebody and have them put it together for me.
I know my role in the church may possibly be to lead people. If there were a job where I could get paid to build relationships with people, show the love of Christ, and share the Gospel with them, I would love it.
What advice would you give to someone who will be working with teenagers?
I would tell them to be real with kids. Be honest with them. Share that you're a human being, too, and that you struggle with things. Once they realize their youth pastor is a human being, there is a connection and a relationship you can develop. I'm not saying to glorify what you've done. You don't need to give details. You can say you've been there, you struggle in other areas, and you're not perfect. It will allow you to be real with kids and allow them to be real with you.
What do you enjoy most about being at BBC?
I enjoy consistent, constant exposure to truth. You're not going to find that in very many places. They take the basics and give a wider, broader, better, sweeter, and more detailed understanding of God's word. I love that.
Learn more about the General Education program here.
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Posted on: 3/31/2009 12:13:31 PM
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