One Saturday night I was scared that Jesus would come back or I would die so I asked my parents to explain the gospel to me. They explained that I am a sinner and would need to repent. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” They also explained that Jesus died and rose again the third day to save me from my sins. John 3:16 “For God so loved he world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus had to die for my sins because he is perfect and I am not. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Today I’m getting baptized because I want everyone to know that I truly believe that Jesus is my Savior and Lord.
This has been such a long journey for me. Getting to where I want to declare to the Lord that He is my Savior & that I want to line my life according to His Word. With the help of the Holy Spirit I can do this. There was a time when I was afraid to open a bible, let alone read it. If I did read it I would be overwhelmed by how wrong I had been living my life in spite of my strong belief in God. I made many choices based on what I thought I deserved as a sinner. I would ask for forgiveness and take my sins back. I would not let go. Living with depression has been a way of life for me. There were many times I decided I could not wake up to another day facing my mistakes. God has continually blessed me with the help I need to stick around and face life head on. I remember what it felt like when I was reading the Bible very early one morning and it finally registered that Christ died for the forgiveness of my sins. It was already done. There was nothing I could do to earn this forgiveness on my own. What a relief!
I was born and raised Catholic and I have loved God with all my heart for as long as I can remember. The prayers I learned by heart saved me many times over from a very hard childhood and into my adult life, until I started to become comfortable praying from my heart.
It is time for a new journey for me. One with peace, joy, love, and the grace of the Holy Spirit. I find comfort in my Bible. Today I am a Christian, a follower of Christ and I am forgiven.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper yu and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. They you will call upon me, and I will listen to you, you will seek me and find me where you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
“We have been justified and placed in right standing before God through Christ’s death on the cross, which paid for our sins.”
TESTIMONY I grew up in a small town in WA state. I lived with my married parents and 4 siblings. I went to public school and went to church on Sundays through elementary school. Our church soon fell apart and our family lost our home church. My parents were sure to teach us of God, Jesus and the Bible. As I passed through each grade in school and a friend passed away, my graduating class fell into an uproar. Our close knit small town class no longer got along, and bullying became daily. After my sophomore year of highschool I was bullied to the point of leaving the school I had always known. I started online schooling. I lost hope. I began working full time at 17, graduating high school after my junior year, and hanging out with a rougher crowd. I forgot all my parents taught me about the Bible, the proper way to act and be. I moved out on my own a month after turning 18. In early July of 2009 I knew I was doing things all wrong. I needed to pray, I needed God’s help. On July 15, 2009 I met my now husband. He has brought me closer to the Lord each day since we met. I know I have sinned. I know I will sin. But with the help of my husband and God’s forgiveness, I have come to God and I have given Him my all.
TESTIMONY: As a kid growing up in a Godly home I was taught what was right and what was wrong. As a teenager I got away from my early teaching. In my late teens I began to feel, what i know now to be, the Holy Spirit working in my heart and pulling me closer to God. As my life progressed I got married and started a family. This is when I realized that without God running my life, everything seemed and desolate. I have given my life to the Lord by putting my trust completely in Jesus. Though I fail and come short in my life, I am confident that the Lord will forgive me through my faith in Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13 says “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” I am getting baptized today to let you all know that i have trusted Jesus alone for my salvation.
TESTIMONY: Hi! I’m Erin Leensvaart. When I was in second grade I had a bully at my school. The bully wasn’t very nice to me. I felt like being mean back, I realized that was sin. I realized I’ve sinned a lot in my life. I’ve repented of my sin and have faith that Jesus died on a tree for me. That day with the bully, God gave me an idea. I thought that praying was a better idea than being mean back. After I prayed, I told the bully about the gospel. The day after he wasn’t as mean. God helped me do that. I want to get baptized so everyone knows I’m a child of God. My favorite verse is John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
TESTIMONY: On Saturday morning February 9th 2013 at approximately 11 a.m. I was reading First Corinthians 1:28-31 which states: “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” I then read the corresponding study notes. Paul continues to emphasize that the way to receive salvation is so simple that any person who wants to can understand it. Skill and wisdom do not get a person into God’s kingdom – simple faith does – so no one can boast that his or her achievements helped him or her secure eternal life. Salvation is totally from God through Jesus’ death. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation; we need only accept what Jesus has already done for us. God is the source of and the reason for our personal and living relationship with Christ. Our union and identification with Christ results in our having God’s wisdom and knowledge possessing right standing with God, being holy, and having the penalty for our sins paid by Jesus. It was at this point that I clearly understood I was forgiven of all my sins and it was by the Grace of God alone that I was saved. As an infant I was baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church. For many years I lived as I wanted, doing what I thought was fit. My baptism today is to let everyone know that I am a Christian and have accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as my Savior.
Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
TESTIMONY:God has been working in my heart to help me believe in Him and last summer when I was 11, I repented of my sins and asked Jesus into my heart. I’m getting baptized today to let everyone know that I have decided to follow Jesus. I know that I can’t do anything to get to heaven and I need Jesus to live in me.
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I believe what God’s word says and I trust Him for my salvation forever.
TESTIMONY: Hi I’m Taycie Powell. I’ve grown up in a Christian home all of my life, and had considered myself a Christian for basically as long as I could remember. This last year has changed a lot of things in my life, and I have realized, with Christ help, that I have not truly been a Christian, and that my heart, and life have not been in the right place. It’s been a hard year, I’m not glad it’s happened, but I’m glad that God has been showing me that I really need him, through it. I’m learning to realize I can’t do anything on my own. I need a savior, because by myself I had no purpose, no reason, and no joy in my life. I realize that God sent his only son down to earth to live a perfect, sinless life, and die a cruel death on the cross, out of love for us, even though we are sinners. Christ has now given us the opportunity to ask him into our lives to be forgiven of our sins, and live a life for Christ. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that we will become sinless, you still sin, but the Holy Spirit shows that we need to repent of it, and not go back into our sin. I am excited about what God is doing, and that I will have someone who will stick with me through life’s trials, and joys.