Tim & Jonna O’Tool

Tim & Jonna O’Tool

I was born and raised in a Christian family. I was also led to Christ at a very young age. In fact, that is really the first memory that I have. My mother was doing devotions with my siblings and I at the breakfast table. She was talking about Jesus coming to die for us, and how we needed to be saved from our sins. My mother asked if any of us still needed to place our faith in Christ. I said that I needed to. My mom asked if I wanted to make that decision now, and I said that I did. She took me up to the bedroom and explained how Jesus came and lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and was raised from the dead. She shared verses like John 3:16, Romans 3:23, and . She explained that because of my sins I would have to go to hell forever when I died. She told me that if I asked Christ to forgive me of my sins and placed my trust in His work on the cross, I would be saved. I did this at that moment. Now, even though I was so young, I remember the realization that no matter what else happened everything would be ok because I was now a child of God.

Growing up, my parents continually taught us more about the Word of God. I remember being convicted of sin and wanting to live a life for Christ. Even though I wanted to live for Christ, I still found myself falling to sin. I wondered if I was even saved since I would still sin. Each time I remembered Christ lived the perfect life I could not, died in my place, and rose from the dead. When I remembered that, I had peace in what He did for me. As I study the Bible now, I see the amazing story of God’s plan unfolded throughout His Word. I see how in the power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that enables us to live a new life in Him.

I went to Faith Baptist Bible College to pursue a life in ministry. In 2010 I met my wife Jonna, and we were married two years later. At the time, we were attending Saylorville Church. A year after we were married, we believed that God was leading us to begin serving in some way in the ministry. We made this known to the leadership at Saylorville. They affirmed our desire to be in ministry and directed us to consider going to one of their church plants. We prayed about this and felt God’s call to begin attending High Pointe Church, where we have been since July of 2013. God has blessed us in so many ways, and we look forward to what He will do in us and hopefully through us.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (ESV)

6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

Teaching Pastor
Chris Lenoir