Josh & Abi Coble
How did you come to faith?
I grew up in a Christian home where we were heavily involved in every area of the church’s life. But when I went to college, I began to find it more difficult to make room for God. I began to compromise my Christian convictions – sleeping through church on a Sunday morning or getting drunk at a party with friends. Initially I wasn’t bothered, because most of my friends claimed to be Christians, too. But near the end of my freshmen year I met some friends who were different. Their faith was real: it guilt and duty that drove them, but actual love for God. Eventually I realized that I had never really come to know God for myself. I had been living for my own selfish desires, and only submitting to God when it suited me. But then I saw, as if for the first time, it was my sin that put Jesus on the cross to endure the wrath of God in my place. I knew that if he had really done that for me, I was obligated to give him everything – and I wanted to! My life began to change. Old friends and sins became undesirable. I wanted to grow and learn more about God. Now my greatest desire is to know more of him and make him known to others.
What is your favorite thing about discipleship?
I love the “personal”-ness of discipleship. I love that I get to spend time getting to know someone, their interests, struggles, fears, and desires, and showing them that I care about them. What could be cooler than getting a new little brother and teaching him about the things I love most? Discipleship is being the person God wants me to be, then getting close to someone and helping them be the person God wants them to be.
What is your favorite thing about your wife, Abi?
I love that Abi knows who she is and lives unashamedly. She lives out of her identity as a child of God but not in a cloistered, uptight, smothering kind of way. She doesn’t act out of guilt or in response to what others might think, but does what she thinks is best. She lives life with a kind of fullness and joy that rubs off on people.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Kid-at-heart, caring, over-thinker