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Dec162013

Finding Grace and Fellowship

Pastor Steve and Holly McIntosh found freedom in the message of God's unconditional love and grace.
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Steve McIntosh had served as the senior pastor of a denominational church in Indiana for nearly two decades, when he and his wife, Holly, took a leap of faith and launched a new, non-denominational gathering in their home. While their time serving their previous congregation was not without its blessings, they had been described by others in leadership as, "square pegs trying to fit into a round hole." So, in 2005 they broke away from denominational restrictions and began to share the Gospel with less formality and less legalism.

Not long after taking steps away from religious tradition, Steve and Holly were introduced to the Gospel Truth. Holly's mother, Marilyn Byers, mentioned that she had come across Andrew's television program, and in passing, she quipped that she thought, "He had some good things to say." Steve and Holly tuned in to the Gospel Truth and quickly agreed with Marilyn's assessment of Andrew's teaching.

Holly's mom, Marilyn Byers, introduced Steve and Holly to Andrew's TV program, The Gospel Truth. (Click to enlarge)Andrew's series, Spirit, Soul and Body, began to transform Steve and Holly's understanding of the Gospel of Grace, but it still took a little time to shed the mentality of performance-based Christianity. For Holly in particular, the transition was difficult. Her struggle with letting go of self effort led to feelings of condemnation, fear and nagging doubts. Steve said Holly wrestled with many questions asking, Would she really make it to heaven if she somehow missed the mark? Was she doing everything good enough? Had she confessed all her sins? It wasn't until after they listened to Andrew's message, You've Already Got It, that they realized that God's love is unconditional, and not based on an individual's performance, but on Jesus' finished work. Receiving that revelation and truth resulted in a turning point in their lives and ministry. "We now walk in freedom, knowing that we don't have to earn God's love," said Steve.

Now that Steve and Holly have the revelation of what Jesus truly accomplished, they can't help but minister and relate to others in the powerful freedom of God's abundant grace. Pastor Steve leading worship at Discovery Church in Fishers, Indiana. (Click to enlarge)In sharing their own freedom, Steve and Holly have seen the burdens of guilt, shame, and religion lifted off the lives of others to whom God has led them to minister.

Although the revelation of God's goodness and unconditional love is glorious, it was not always welcomed with open arms. The McIntoshes struggled to find community among other ministers in the early going of their newly-found freedom. Steve said, "After we left the denomination, we felt like we were an island unto ourselves, especially after receiving the revelation of God's unconditional love and grace. We tried to associate with other ministers, but felt we did not fit in because of the new covenant teaching we had received."

As a result of one of Andrew's broadcasts, Steve and Holly were able to find the fellowship and community for which they longed. Through the Gospel Truth they were introduced to Andrew and the McIntoshes during an ARMI conference held at the CBC campus in Colorado Springs, (Click to enlarge)Andrew's new organization, the Association of Related Ministries International (ARMI). The mission of this new endeavor is to make available the experience, expertise, and operational knowledge of the staff of Andrew Wommack Ministries, CBC, and a vast pool of experienced professionals from around the world who are totally committed to the success of those who serve the needs of others through the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. "We knew there had to be other like-minded believers. We couldn't wait to attend the first ARMI conference, and we were so blessed to meet others who had this same revelation. We have gained many new friends, and it is such an encouragement to be able to share in the 'good news' message," Steve remarked.

Steve recognizes the tremendous impact Andrew's ministry has made in both the McIntosh’s lives and the lives of those around them. Steve mentioned how the changes in he and Holly impressed their daughter, Kay. Kay, 27, has been involved with the Steve and Holly's ministry her whole life. The changes she witnessed in her parents prompted her to tell Steve, that for the first time in her life, the Christian message makes sense.

"This glorious message has changed my teaching, life and ministry, not only in our lives personally, but in the people I minister to every week. People are receiving the Good News of the gospel instead of condemnation! We are so thankful for Andrew and his ministry to us," said Steve.

Reader Comments (1)

Great testimony! I can so relate. It blesses me to see others finding the Grace of God. Andrew is truly a blessing! Blessings

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark Hicks

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