[Getting to Know You is a monthly series, featuring an interview with the Weekly Word devotional contributors. This month’s interview is with Steve Sering.]
Tell us a bit about your family.
I grew up in a Christian home with my parents, older brother and younger sister on the south side of Indianapolis. I learned about who Jesus was and what He did for me on the cross at church. I fell out of church during my middle school years and came back during my sophomore year of high school, actually becoming a Christian then. I went through a rough bout of depression before coming to Christ and receiving forgiveness of sin and new life in Him in 2002. God set me on a new course for ministry from that point forward and I received the call to become a pastor about seven years ago. My family has been incredibly supportive every step of the way. They are awesome!
What church do you attend and in what ministry areas do you serve? What are your hopes for future ministry?
I serve as the worship leader for Circle City Canvas Church in downtown Indianapolis, an outreach to the artistic community. It is a huge blessing! We are a young church plant, getting our feet beneath us and building a strong core. We do a lot of outreach to the downtown community. And by God’s grace, in the future I plan to become a senior pastor.
Where have you and where are you receiving education and training for ministry?
I graduated from Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Ministry in 2013 and am currently attending Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky for a Masters of Divinity degree.
What are hobbies and things you like to do for fun?
I enjoy reading Scripture and Christian books. Also, listening to and writing music, spending time with friends and family and watching the occasional superhero movie. That satisfies my “inner nerd.”
Do you have a favorite band or type of music?
Being a worship leader and musician, I almost have to enjoy Christian music. Specifically, I enjoy Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp and Sovereign Grace Music. If I had to pick favorite songs I would go with How Great Is Our God, Mighty to Save and Walk by Faith. Any music that is Gospel-centered and Christ-exalting I am a fan of!
Other than the Bible, what book has had a great effect on your Christian life?
C.J. Mahaney’s The Cross Centered Life has been monumental in my growth as a Christian! It is a short book, only 80 pages, packed with powerful truth concerning what the Gospel is and how it affects your daily life. The main take away for me was to “preach the Gospel to yourself” everyday. The Gospel of Christ and him crucified is not just meant to save us, but to continually change us to be more like Jesus. Daily “self-preaching” helps the Christian to think deeply and live passionately for the Gospel. I highly recommend it for every believer, all ages and stages in Christian growth and maturity!
What passage of Scripture has impacted you most in this season of your life?
This current season has been a painful but refining one. Perhaps the most impactful passage has been Romans 8:9-11 where Paul writes on the power of the Holy Spirit. “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (v. 11). Knowing that the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead dwells inside of me and empowers me to overcome sin and obstacles in my life has been very encouraging and the perfect medicine for my wounded spirit. Also, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 has strengthened me. Amidst losing something precious to me, Jesus reminded me: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9). I took comfort in knowing that even the great Apostle Paul had a thorn, some kind of weakness that drove him back to Christ. In my experience, my weakness became God’s strength. Christ’s grace revived my hurting heart and gave me hope to press on. God’s Word is so powerful! He also inspired me to write a new songs in order to carry me through the trials.
How can people be supporting you in prayer?
In my ministry as a worship leader-to grow as a leader and learn more and more to usher in God’s Spirit and presence into the services and more importantly, to live a life of worship, not to just make it an activity at church services. Also, to hunger more for the Word of God and to be filled more with the Spirit through knowing and experiencing more of Christ in the Gospel.