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Easter Baptism Testimonies 2017

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2017 Easter Baptism Testimonies

Anna Caroline Long -

I accepted Jesus in my heart to forgive me of my sins.  I wanted to be baptized on Easter Sunday because it is the day Jesus rose from the dead.  One day I will live in heaven with Jesus forever.

From the parents -

As I watch my child desire Jesus & His Word, I am reminded how beautiful it is to look at life through a child’s eyes.  Think on Jesus’ words in John 7:  “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”  It is with great joy that we celebrate this life into His kingdom!
Matt. 19:14:  “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Jesus took the time to place his hands on children & pray for them. May we all remember to follow his example.

-Jana Long-

Anne Campbell Lake -

I am happy to get baptized and to give my heart to the one and only God.  Bellwether has really changed my life.  When my brother got baptized my heart leaped into God’s arms.  “Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go, Joshua 1:9,” is my favorite verse because I know the passed are still here.  I am happy to be baptized.

From the parents -

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity,” which reminds me so much of my daughter’s faith in her walk with Christ.  Anne Campbell constantly amazes me with her understanding of the Bible and God’s will.  I am very fortunate to see her carry it out through her actions on a daily basis. I am overjoyed when I reflect on her enthusiasm towards learning about Christ, as she is always eager to ask questions to have a better understanding.…just ask her teachers and John Hugh.

Children truly are one of God’s greatest blessings, and he has blessed me beyond measure.  It is amazing what I have learned through the eyes and actions of my children, especially through their walk with Christ.  I am so grateful today to see my daughter profess her faith for God in front of our Church Family on this Easter Morning.

-Julia Patton Lake-

Clara-Grace Sanders -

A few years ago, I understood that Jesus was my savior. When I was 6, I began to understand who Jesus was. I could read the bible and understand what I was reading. I know I need a savior. No matter how hard I try, I can’t be perfect. Because Jesus died for me and rose again, I don’t have to feel guilty anymore.

I love Jesus for many reasons. One reason is that when I am struggling with things that are hard to understand, he gives me an inner voice to help me understand. Sometimes, my inner voice says to go in the opposite direction than where I am heading.

I am trying to learn more about Jesus. I know I can do that by reading my bible more and talking to Jesus through prayer. My mom told me that the bible is the living word of God, and that the Holy Spirit can teach me about Jesus through the bible. It is difficult for me to remember to read my bible, so I’d say that’s what I am struggling with right now in trying to learn more about Jesus.

I want to get baptized because personally, having that big moment in my life and always remembering it will help me remember that Jesus is always with me. It will also help me remember that I am forgiven by the Savior, Christ Jesus.

From the parents -

Clara-Grace has always had a deeper curiosity about God than many children her age. She rarely accepts answers without knowing the “why” behind them. At age four typical questions about God were things like, “How can Jesus be in my heart and everywhere else at the same time?” and, “It’s not my fault that Adam and Eve messed up. How come I’m a sinner just because of something they did?” She is a gift from God to us in many ways, one of which has been challenging our own faith. We are very proud of her for making the decision to accept God’s grace through salvation and show that to others through baptism. We took some time to talk, think, and pray about letting her be baptized, because we wanted to make sure she understood the magnitude of what it meant. We wanted her to understand that it was only a beginning step in her relationship with the Lord. Our responsibility as her parents now is to guide her and help her grow in her relationship with Christ, which as a parent can feel like a responsibility we are ill equipped for so much of the time. We are so incredibly thankful that God has plans for our child in his story and that He will lead and guide her even when we fall short as parents.

-Marcus and Suzanne-

Caroline Bennett -

John Hugh baptized me when I was a baby, but while I was at Break Thru in January, I really felt Jesus in my heart.  I rang the bell while I was there, because I accepted Jesus completely.  I have been thinking about being baptized for myself since then.  I want to be baptized today and continue to study the Bible so I can tell other people about Jesus and be an example of His love.

From the parents -

We learned that Caroline had made the decision to be baptized on Easter Sunday from John Hugh.  We knew she had been thinking about it for some time, reading nightly devotionals and asking serious questions.  We did not know she had decided she was ready to take the step to accept Christ in front of her church family and friends.  We laughed that she went directly to John Hugh once she made up her mind, because that is just like her: go straight to the source and take a serious matter into her own hands.  We could not be more proud of our oldest child, the example she is setting for her siblings, and the love she has for the Lord.  We have seen the work He has done in her thus far, and we are excited to celebrate her baptism this Easter Sunday and to watch her grow in her love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

-Russell and Heather-

Rebekah Brooke Benson -

What was it like when you discovered Jesus as your Savior?

–I felt like I was safe with Jesus Christ and he would be with me for my whole life.

 

What is the most important thing you have learned about Jesus?

–I’ve learned that He died on the cross to take away our sins.

 

How does your story best point people to Jesus?

–I tell people that I asked Jesus into my heart when I was little and they understand.