Zach Terry is the Senior Pastor/Teacher of Capshaw Baptist Church. He preaches there on a weekly basis as well as speaking at conferences and events.
Growing up in rural North Alabama Zach’s parents involved him in a local Baptist Church from an early age. Despite the teaching of faithful pastors, he associated peace with God with his own religious efforts. Around the age of twelve he made his pilgrimage down the aisle to pray the “sinner’s prayer” and sign up for the next round of baptisms. Zach recalls, “I distinctly remember rising out of the baptismal waters and thinking to myself, “Now everything is ok, I am saved””.
For the next several years he continued to attend church, live by the golden rule, occasionally pray and less frequently read his Bible. Then suddenly, God intervened:
“As a freshman in college I arrived early for class and found myself surfing for music. It was then that I heard the voice of a Pastor preaching the Gospel. He was teaching on what it meant to truly know God from 2 Corinthians 5:21, where Paul writes, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” I was embarrassed that I was listening to a preacher, so I turned the volume down… but I could not turn the station”.
Throughout the sermon the preacher placed emphasis on what Christ did on the cross to secure our salvation rather than on any work we accomplish. Zach recalls, “I had always placed the emphasis on my works rather than the work of Christ and frankly my life hadn’t changed”.
He was haunted by this passage of Scripture for a number of days until he finally sat down on his bed and simply acknowledged that his works could not save him. He realized he was a sinner and that Christ and His work alone could bring him peace with God. He trusted Jesus and His work alone that night. In the coming days his life radically changed. He began a journey of growing the grace and knowledge of Christ that has continued to this day.