Testimonies of Grace: Susan Pang

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We are back with another testimony of grace! The reason why I wanted to do this series is because God’s grace is seen in many different ways. Hopefully you have been blessed to hear how God has saved sinners by his grace in different ways through these testimonies. Today, we will be hearing from another Susan Pang! A fun fact about Susan is that she has the exact same name as my wife. Same first, middle and last. Susan Jung Kim! Also, she is an awesome dentist! But the one thing that sticks out about Susan is her desire to learn the truth. Although she may seem quiet, when you talk to her privately, she is a great conversationalist especially about biblical matters. Here are some fun facts about Susan:

1. What is your dream purcharse?

A piece of the hill country

2. What book has challenged you the most, besides the Bible?

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

3. What was the worst job you ever had?

A food server at my dorm cafeteria in college

4. How did you end up at The Bridge?

Through my husband, Jimmy, who grew up at this church

5. What inspires you at The Bridge?

Truth in teaching. Teaching that is not watered down.

Below is Susan’s testimony:

Growing up in a Christian family, my sisters and I would gather around my mother, who would tell us stories of the Bible. I would hang unto every word that came out of my mother’s mouth as the stories unfolded. Looking back,  those were some of the moments that has helped lead me to Jesus Christ.  Having been exposed to my mother’s dedicated teaching of the scriptures and to her steadfast faith in the Lord, I have always had a saving knowledge of Christ. As a child, I knew full well that God loved me, and that if I allowed Christ into my heart, I would go to heaven. Admittedly, it was better than the alternative…..ending up in hell. Throughout my early childhood years, my view of God was more that of my helper in times of need. I looked to Jesus as my Savior, not so much in the proper redemptive sense of the word, but more so as a genie, who would save me from whatever predicament I was in.

Throughout my childhood and well into my adulthood, I had always felt the need to be a “good girl.” Even as a small child, I seemed to have a strong sense of what is right and wrong. I had the “good girl syndrome,” and it did not help that the many stories in the Old Testament, as told by my mother and Sunday school teachers, were very clear on the consequences of disobedience to God. It came as no surprise that I was called a “goodie two shoes” more than a few times by my little friends. The subject of sin was somewhat lost on me for no other reason than I was blinded of my sins by my obsession to be a “good girl.”

During college, I experienced somewhat of a spiritual renewal through the many wonderful relationships with faithful brothers and sisters in Christ at IVCF (Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship). Praising and worshipping our Lord with a huge gathering of believers, I was awestruck and thought to myself that this is what heaven must be like. However, even during college, the subject of sin was not something that weighed heavily on my mind.  I believed I was a descent human being, who more than most people I knew, held high moral and ethical standards.

Only after college did I begin to look within myself and saw my sinful nature. I needed God’s redemption through the ultimate sacrifice of His precious Son, Jesus Christ. Even at my best, I am but a tainted soul compared to our Holy Father. I came to see the full significance of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross for my sins….sins of self righteousness, self absorption, resentment, apathy, jealousy, and so on.  By the grace of God I have been forgiven of all my sins, and there are many …big and small, hidden and exposed.

As a believer of Jesus Christ, I know that I have been brought into this world with no other aim than to bring glory and honor to God’s name. At times, I lose sight of God’s purpose for my life, and I give in to my self serving ways through the many distractions and temptations that, all too often, come my way. However, the overflowing grace of our loving Father covers all my sins, and for that, I am eternally grateful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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