I grew up knowing the Lord since I was a young child, and I especially loved going to church back when I first attended MVC as an eighth grader. Yet over the years, I always preferred myself and trusted in my own ways. I was stuck within my own thoughts, pride, and envy. When confrontations came, I would try to do better; but every effort ended in failure as I would struggle to try and figure out the right answers and steps to take, being religious-minded and man-pleasing. I struggled with understanding and receiving the love of God; even my prayers were robotic. I eventually became hopeless and deeply depressed. But praise the Lord! Through the loving pastors and leadership of MVC, the Holy Spirit has stirred up this soul to believe God! With joy I have come to learn what it actually means to believe God with every thought, word, and step; to overcome all lies of unbelief and hinderances to hearing His voice. His love is transforming my life as I am now able to walk confidently in Him. I am so very thankful for how the Lord has used this church to set me free, to have peace with God! And I have now come to truly know God as my loving Father in Heaven. Praise the Lord!
"I am so very thankful to the Lord for bringing me to Merrimack Valley Church so many years ago. I came to the church as a little girl full of insecurities, fears, and without a full understanding of who the Lord was. I was saved, but I never really knew the precious gift of salvation. I was churched, but never truly understood or valued what “church” truly meant. As I have grown up in MVC over the years, the Holy Spirit has used the sound teaching and the love of the pastors and the people of MVC to bring me out of my fears and call me into faith that believes God, loves God, and knows Him as my Father in heaven. He has taken my insecure life and caused me to find my security in Him. I am so thankful for the grace of God that changed my life and saved my soul, for I was that wretch that His amazing grace saved. Hallelujah! I have found the love of God, the truth of the gospel, and the Holy Spirit at work in this church; and because of it, my heart, my life, and my marriage is forever changed. I cannot express how thankful I am for the blessing of my pastors and this body of believers who know the truth, live the truth, and truly love the truth of Jesus Christ and have a heart for others to do the same. To God be the glory, for He has done great things! Praise the Lord."
I came to Merrimack Valley Church full of depression, anxiety and anger. I had tried so many other things to cope with it all, but never able to be free from it all. As I began to listen to the messages from the pastor, a hope began to rise in my heart that there was freedom for this gal! I had searched and tried everything to bring relief and to satisfy this heart. The pastors directed me to Jesus, to His cross and for me to be crucified on that cross. I needed to die to myself in order to live! This was the answer that brought forth freedom to this life! Joy is now where depression was, peace is now where anxiety was, and love is now where anger was! I am so very thankful that the Lord brought me to Merrimack Valley Church! The Lord has met me time and time again, bringing forth more freedom to this heart! When I think back to who I was when I first started coming to MVC I am overjoyed and thankful. The Lord has delivered a once greatly bound gal! Oh, thank you Jesus! I am so very thankful for the pastors of MVC that preach the cross that conquers, for their love for God, for their love of truth and for others to come to this same love! I am also very blessed by the family of faith at MVC. Their love for God is truly seen in their love for one another. I am so thankful for their testimonies in the Lord that stir me to believe God!
"When visiting MVC here and there over the past years, I never allowed myself to become part of… yet I longed for it and looked elsewhere. Finally having the opportunity to be at MVC regularly, I saw myself for who I really was without the Lord; insecure, angry, unsure of what love really was, and easily offended. These areas were confronted for the purpose of my edification. Where there was insecurity- there is now security in Him; where there was anger and offenses -there is now freedom in Him; love is defined in Him. The pastors and people of MVC have become my people and my family of faith. Since coming to MVC, my family is changed. My daughter has learned at a young age that there are two ways to walk; fussy or in freedom. She has also made the decision to follow Jesus after a Sunday service and salvation call-Hallelujah!!! The messages at MVC encourage conversations that reveal the heart and call for another step-to move forward in the faith. I am thankful for the pastors of MVC who spoke truth and continue to speak truth to this heart to continue to call me to believe God."
Proverbs 27:17--"As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
"When I started to visit MVC church I was a man with many spiritual and emotional issues. I needed to hear the gospel of Christ, I needed the freedom found only at the cross of Jesus. I found in MVC church a congregation that is truly a family that portrays the love Of God, and that not only speaks about Christianity but lives a Christian life. My life has never been the same. Without this body of Christians I would not be the free man I am today. I am thankful for my church and my caring Pastors. I am always looking forward to every service because the love of God is truly among us."
"When I got to MVC, I was puffed up with pride but the power of the Holy Spirit present in this church got a hold of me, saved me, brought me to a place of brokenness, humility and contrition, saved my husband, and saved my marriage. A love that I have never known was shown in the people of MVC and it truly melted this heart of stone. I was once afar off but am now brought near. I once had many identities but now I have one— I am a daughter of God. I once had no family, but I now have a family of faith in Jesus Christ. I once worshiped myself but now I worship my God in Spirit and Truth and am maturing in that each day more. In a world filled with lies, this is the church where I have learned and continue to: learn the Truth, live the Truth, and love the Truth with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength."
"Praise the Lord, great things He has done! I started coming to MVC several years ago at a crossroads time in my life. After checking out most of the churches in the area it became clear to me that this was where the Lord wanted me. Though I had served a great deal in leadership in other churches over the years, I had some serious weaknesses and blind spots, including being blinded to the extent of my own pride and selfishness. I didn’t see what I didn’t see. Through the clear, sound, Spirit filled preaching, teaching and pastoral direction at MVC, the Lord was able to open my eyes, deliver me of my selfish pride and set me free! Jesus freed me from being a timid, fearful, people pleaser to being a God pleaser! O how glad I am that the Holy Spirit directed me to this church where the people are truly humbling themselves to pursue the love of God and His marvelous holy presence, which sets people free! For those who want more of Jesus Christ and His life changing presence, this is the place to be!"