I am a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; He bought me at a high price. (cf. 1 Cor 7:23) In the year 2003, Darlene and I started attending a local Baptist Church because our son Daniel was participating in their youth group with a neighbor. In April, 2003, during a church-wide reading of a book called, “The Purpose Driven Life,” I was drawn to follow the Lord. I do not attribute my salvation to this book, however, the Lord did use it to bring me to repentance and faith.
After reading that book I began to read the scriptures daily and I prayerfully sought to follow the Lord in obedience.It was when reading the word of God, particularly, the Gospel According to John, that the blinders came off and the Lord gave me a new heart. I was literally born again through the testimony of the Holy Spirit (inward call) and the testimony of the prophets and apostles (outward call). The early church Pastor-Theologian, Irenaeus of Lyons (130-202 A.D.) said that God guides His sheep with His two hands: His Word and His Spirit. I can attest to the truth of that statement.
My given name is Michael Brian Peek, but people call me Mike. I am the eldest son of Richard and Carole Peek, I was born May 4, 1968 in Richardson, Texas. I am husband to Darlene, we were married June 30, 1990 in Mansfield, Louisiana. I am father to Daniel James Peek whom the Lord gave me to adopt, November 4, 1992. I am father to Bethany Rachel Peek, born to us, July 20, 1993.
Since 2012, Darlene and I have fellowshipped at Sylvania Church in Tyler, Texas. We are a Reformed Southern Baptist Church (SBC). We are Particular-Baptist; our confession of faith is the 1689 London Baptist confession. www.sylvaniachurch.com
I graduated North Garland high school in 1987. I spent the first 5 years after high school, before going to college, in the U.S. Army. I was stationed in the country of Panama, Ft. Knox, KY (where I meet Darlene), Ft. Polk, LA, and lastly the country of Korea. After discharge from the Army, I went to college. I graduated in 1997 and became a Registered Nurse. My profession for the past 20 years has been cardiovascular-critical care (ICU) nursing. I am currently in graduate school at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary working towards a Master of Theological Studies. It is my belief, that whoever is serious about gospel proclamation in truth, ought to undergo some type of formal-structured discipleship.
I spent a three-year period, 2012-2015, memorizing the entire Gospel According to John word-for-word. One day a week I go to a public place and recite about 2-3 chapters in open-air while giving away copies of the Gospel According to John to passerby’s. I believe that justification, according to scripture alone, is a gift, given by the grace of God alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone, and is for the glory of God alone. (Cf. Rom 3:21-26) The apostle Paul said, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (1 Rom 10:17, NASB) Therefore, I am compelled to go out and preach the gospel.
Why do I recite the Gospel According to John in open-air and not preach extemporaneously? Three reasons, all of which come from the Gospel According to John:
- 1. It is the Word of God who draws His sheep and gives eternal life to them. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (Jn 10:27-28, NASB)
- There must be both an inward-call (testimony of the Holy Spirit) and an outward-call (testimony of the apostles) before faith occurs. The apostles were the ones who witnessed Jesus life, death and resurrection; therefore, it is their witness that must be proclaimed. Jesus said to His disciples, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” (Jn 15:26-27, NASB)
The Gospel According to John is an eye witness testimony about Jesus, written by the disciple whom Jesus loved (cf. Jn 21:20-24), so that people may believe in Him and have eternal life. (cf. Jn 20:31)
In Christ alone,