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37 Thurber Blvd
Smithfield, RI, 02917
United States

(401) 349-3695

At NorthPointe Christian Church we believe that everyone can find hope in Jesus Christ. Our mission is to make disciples of Him through Encountering God, Connecting with others, Growing in our faith, and Reaching the world for Christ. 

Stories of Grace

My Story of Grace // Nathan Marcotte

Jamie Hagan

So, I was always the guy that believed he was a "good kid". I followed the rules, was nice to people, and did whatever good deeds I could so that I could be someone people liked. I drew my own personal line in the sand and said to myself "As long as I don't cross this line, I'm good. If I avoid doing drugs, breaking the law, or hurting anyone than I am a good person". The problem is, I didn't realize how some of my behavior could lead me down the wrong path. I had incredibly low self esteem, combined with diagnosed depression and anxiety. I was hospitalized throughout high school for trying to take my own life. I ended up in unhealthy relationships, started drinking, and became a much more negative person. I couldn't see that I was walking too close to the line, and that by doing so I was crossing it in ways I couldn't recognize.

One of my relationships was extremely unhealthy on both of our parts, and after a while she became physically abusive with me. My low self esteem and youthful ignorance led me to decide to try to fix the relationship. But after six months of it, I reached my breaking point. One night, she was hitting me more than she usually did in an argument. A combination of negative emotions overtook me, and I ended up hitting her back. She ended up calling the cops, and I spent the night in jail. I remember sitting in the cell completely lost. I didn't understand how I could have fallen so far. I had family who were in and out of prison, and I didn't make the decisions they made. But somehow, I lost myself and messed up. I was ashamed of myself, and didn't see how anyone could ever look at me the same way again.

I realize now that I was prideful, and God used this circumstance to prepare my heart for Him. Around this time, I started doing community service at a church. It wasn't a good church, but I found myself thinking about God when I would do my service there. Next thing I know, I'm talking to Him while there. All of a sudden, I'm talking to Him when I'm home. Then one night, I just felt Him. I knew He was there, and I couldn't describe the feeling of peace that it brought. But I was still ashamed of my past, and I didn't believe that He could ever forgive me.

When I finished my community service, I decided to start looking at other churches to see if they could help me understand God in a way that I couldn't before. I found Northpointe, and it was here that I was able to learn about the saving grace that we are offered thanks to Jesus' sacrifice. Even though my entire life had been sinful in a way I hadn't realized until it was too late, He took on my punishment with his perfect sacrifice, and as long as I chose to devote my life to Him, I could be forgiven and be adopted into His kingdom. It was a no brainer to me, and so I was baptized and devoted my life to serving Him however I could.

God started softening my heart six years ago, and he has set me free and changed me in ways I never would have assumed possible back then. I am now a student at Bible college learning more about Him and how I can use my gifts for His kingdom here on Earth. I'm no longer the foolish boy I was back then, and it all started with the grace that God offered me. Grace is a powerful thing, and when we show grace to others, it shows a picture of who God is to them. No matter what circumstances a person is in or how they have lived in the past, anyone's life can be changed through God's redemptive power. It all starts with grace.