My name is Cristobal Diego Williams, a father of seven born in Belfast. I am a servant of God, and my Lord and Saviour is Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the Christian education for free at the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here).
My Younger Years
Since I was a young child, I always had a keen interest in Faith and Religion. Through this interest, I developed a strong and undeniable sense of faith and conviction. There is a spiritual essence to our world. The meaning of all life is, of course, found in the one and only true God.
The place I was born, Belfast, has historically been a troubled and conflicted island. Some would say that it is partly to do with religion mixed with politics. Due to this fact, it can be a sensitive subject to some people.
Personal Salvation and Ministry Calling
I received Catholic baptism as a baby. However, as I grew to more biblical knowledge in my adult years, I also grew to disagree with the Catholic Church and a lot of its doctrine. I preferred praying to God with my own thoughts. There was gratitude in me for studying the Bible myself under the Holy Spirit’s guidance and doing my own research on topics.
I extensively listened to hours of theological debates, sermons, and Christian theological knowledge that I could grasp to give me more knowledge of the truth. This study led me to join many congregations of different faiths and make new friends to learn from. I always wanted to find out God’s nature along with some evidence, and this desire led me down different paths in life.
As I got older, something changed inside me. As I read and studied the Word of God, I realized the Holy Bible was a testament of itself. I was touched by the Holy Spirit and washed in the Blood of The Lamb, for my clothes would not have been white in front of the presence of the Lord. I realized I was a sinner and needed a redeemer to pay the debt of sin, which is death. Christ did this through the cross and defeated death when he rose from the tomb (Romans 6:23; Romans 3:23; Revelation 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:17).
2 Timothy 4:7 says, “I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” However, unlike the Apostle Paul, I have not finished my race. So I try my best each day to keep the faith. Yet, I know my Salvation is saved through no works of my own but by God’s Grace. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – so that no one can boast” Ephesians 2:8-9. “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land … it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess …” Deuteronomy 9:5-6.
This divine phraseology turned Jewish theology upside down. This was when I realized Jesus came to fulfill the Scriptures, not to change them. The old law was missing the Saviour, who freed them from the legalistic structure of laws. Faith fuelled by grace with an authentic and obedient seeking of Christ naturally produces good works.
I am proud and grateful to be a member of this institute to further my education and always a servant of Christ. Christian Leaders Institute has given me the chance to get an accredited Christian education for free. It is an opportunity to develop my call to ministry, and I am excited for what God has in store for me.
Thank you, and God Bless CLI, for this amazing opportunity!