Every person baptized has a story of life transformation. These stories are not about what they achieved, but what Christ has achieved for them. Each person baptized declaring publicly their new life in Jesus. Here are their stories.
DEKALB BAPTISM STORIES
I’ve been Christian my whole life. When I grew into my twenties, I didn’t have much faith as I started to not focus on things I learned from the Bible. At one point in my life around 15-16 years old, I started to refer to myself as an atheist and it was hard knowing before how much love I had for God. I started to surround myself with better people and began seeking after God. Two years ago, I had my DUI in Wisconsin. Since then, I have consistently been going to church, praying daily, and reading the Bible. I love the Lord now, I love everyone, and I pray for everyone. Good or bad, I’ve realized I need to love my brothers and sisters. I feel the Lord has guided me to this specific moment. I have been waiting almost two months to be baptized and am very excited. I meditate while praying, I take freezing cold showers while praying, and I do breathing exercises while praying. The light in front is getting brighter. When I exercise my Christianity, I feel closer and closer to the Lord. From rolling out of bed with worship songs playing in my ear to worshiping in the mornings playing acoustic guitar Christian music, there are so many ways to find the Lord.
I have been going to the Christ Community DeKalb campus my entire life, but I haven’t realized the importance of the impact it has made on me untrecenttly. My mom and dad came in 2008 and we have stayed since.
I was 9 years old when I put my faith in Jesus, and I felt like I realized the importance of it then, but I didn’t. I didn’t realize the amazing sacrifice Jesus had made for me, and all humans. Pastor Karl was the one who helped me put my faith in Jesus. I had taken a big step in my journey in Christ and was now a full disciple of God.
After I made that change, many other changes came with it. I transitioned into middle school, and I started to serve in my church much more. I started serving during Saturday night services as a greeter. Then I moved to Kidsworld, where I still love serving every other week. I then started to serve in Refuge, where I helped with tech and helped with the setup of the auditorium. Most recently, I have started serving on the worship team, which I greatly enjoy because of my passion for serving Christ with the worship band. I hope to continue serving throughout my life, for Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
I was baptized as a baby. Even though I went through some religion classes, I don’t think I was a model Christian. At that time, we all had a million things on our minds, and we did go to church with our parents. When I got to college, it seemed that work often interfered with going to church, but I still tried going as often as I could. Also, during that time, I seldom read the Bible since I did not even own one. The most significant change in me was in 2000 when I had a major medical problem that sent me to the hospital. I was given last rights and was put into an induced coma and flown to Rockford. I came out of the coma 5 days later. My father and brother did tell me some details, and I felt that Jesus must have saved me for some reason.
Then six years later, I met Vicki Wood, who was in charge of a Bible Study. I enjoyed the bible study and learning more about Jesus. When she left, Jan Caudle, and she was also very helpful in my progress. By that time, I had already accepted Jesus as my Savior, followed Jesus in my life, and he kept guiding me. I had thought about Baptism before, but then the Pandemic happened, and then other things happened that interfered. I know I am a sinner and learning more about trying to be a better Christian every day. I know that someday I will join Jesus and my parents in Heaven.
I have grown up going to church and believing in God. When I was 7, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. While I was in the hospital I recognized God's peace for the first time. Over the course of the next 3 days, I went from feeling terrified to feeling calm. Today, I have recognized that peace was from the Lord.
A little while after my hospital stay, I surrendered to the Lord with my mom by going through the God’s Good News booklet. Over the years I have deepened my relationship with the Lord by serving in Kidsworld and Clubhouse as well as attending Awana and Genesis. I am currently involved in Mosaic and a small group Bible study. I am growing in my faith by reading my Bible and praying daily.
I am here today to publicly declare my love for Jesus and my desire to follow him. As a follower of Jesus, I want to share the Good News, serve others, and deepen my relationship with God.
I grew up in a Christian household so I have known Christ for as long as I can remember. I went to a Christian preschool and have gone to Christ Community Church since I was a baby. When I was younger I attended KidsWorld and Awana weekly. When I was four, I was at my grandparent’s house, and my mother asked me if I wanted to surrender my life to Christ. She walked me through the God’s Good News booklet. I surrendered my life to Christ because I love Jesus. Now that I am older, I still attend weekend services and I also attend Refuge. I have been serving for several years with the younger/older preschool classes. I want to serve more and attend more student ministry events. I’m here today to publicly declare my love for Christ and to devote my life to following Christ. I want to help others find Christ and strengthen my relationship with Christ.
Before returning to Jesus, I was selfish, self-centered, and careless. After struggling with bad habits, I needed to seek Jesus.
After years apart from Christ, I asked God to lay his path before me. It was then I met a beautiful woman that is now my wife. As we started our family, we knew we needed God in our lives. As in Proverbs 31:10 "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels". God joined us together for a purpose.
Every day we are challenged in our marriage but we know any challenge can be overcome with God's help. God's grace drives me to be a better husband, a better friend, a better son, and a better brother. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope". The Lord works in our lives each and everyday.
ST. CHARLES BAPTISM STORIES
When I was 8 years old I gave my life to Christ. Growing up in a Christian household made it clear to me at a young age my need for Jesus Christ. My whole life has been a transformation process that has taken a long time and has a long time to go. God alone has gotten me out of the darkest times of my life including suicidal thoughts in September of 2020. Since God brought me to Liberty University in the fall of 2021, God completely flipped my life around and it was the best year of my life. Being on the spiritual leadership team at Liberty showed me I needed to be taking my faith more seriously for my sake and for the people I meet. I got to see friends I loved committing their lives to Christ and making huge bounds in their faith journey. My biggest growth has been reading the Bible which has helped me in endless ways. When I was interviewing to be hired again for this coming year, I was asked if I was baptized and why. I did not have a good answer since it is a command that Jesus gives and I mentor people and encourage them to get baptized, which makes me a hypocrite. When a close friend of mine that I pour into got baptized recently, I knew it was finally my time to get baptized and take that step of obedience.
Psalm 32:8 : "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."
I have been in church since I was born and participated in children's church, but it was because my parents took me. When Covid started, I was scared and sad. Everything was changing, I couldn't see my friends and I thought the world around me was going to end. So many people were getting sick and dying. I started to think about what would happen if I died and if I would go to heaven. I prayed to Jesus to keep me, my family and my friends safe. Then my family moved and I felt depressed because I had to leave my friends and my home and I became lonely. I knew about Jesus and that I needed him to help me through this hard time. I really connected with Christ after going to Refuge at CCC. I felt like I actually belonged here and there was a lot of fun stuff for kids. I learned that just going to church and Refuge doesn't save me or get me into heaven and that my sins separate me from God. I learned that I couldn't just do good things to be saved, only Jesus could save me.
At UPROAR, Middle School Pastor Marcilyn was teaching the Gospel. I had a choice to choose life or death and I chose life. I decided I wanted to pray to God and ask him to forgive me for my sins and for Jesus to save me. I wanted to become more connected to Christ and wanted to be with him. Marcilyn prayed with me.
I decided that I wanted to get baptized after I learned so much about Jesus Christ. He is amazing and loves me very much. He has done so many things for me by dying on the cross for my sins and protecting me and my family. I want to know him even more. I am thankful that I go to Christ Community Church with people who care about me. There are so many things I could do to be active and live for Jesus. I started serving in kids world with my mom and my little brother and now I get to talk to preschool kids about Jesus and how he loves us.
I grew up in a family that went to church every Sunday. I was young and I didn’t really understand what they were talking about or singing about. As I got older I could understand why the messages had a bigger meaning than Jesus helping people; it was also about accepting Jesus as Savior. That’s why I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Now what I’m doing to serve Jesus is by serving in kidsworld by showing the little ones why God is great. Today I’m getting baptized in obedience to Jesus and to publicly declare I am following Christ.
The month of Christmas back in 2020, things around the world were a lot crazy and I started to think about putting my faith and trust in Jesus because I wanted to be with Him and my family no matter what else happened.
So I prayed to ask God to forgive me, and I would trust Jesus and follow His lead. Now I know however crazy life gets, God is always with me and will never leave me. When I go to heaven I will be with Him and my family who have already accepted their forever choice with God. I have put my life in God’s hands forever and that makes me feel safe. I know that God loves me and will never let go of me.
I am excited to show others the choice I made by being baptized this summer. Maybe friends who don’t know God will be curious about a life with Him and we can all celebrate.
I have grown up in a Christian home and I have been attending Christ community my whole life. My family always taught me who God was and why he was so important. When I was younger I still didn’t understand a lot but as I got older and started listening to the messages in church and it made me realize that I wanted to put my faith and trust into him. Since I started to understand, my life has changed. I want to be baptized so that I can continue to put my faith and trust into God and I know God has forgiven me for my sins. Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible”
I’ve been coming to Christ Community for about 6 years. Before I became a Christian, I felt very lost. In 2012, I was recovering from breast cancer and I felt God was watching over me. I was having nightmares and I was having trouble sleeping at night. One night, I heard the 700 Club on the TV and they were praying about cancer and pain. That night I had no pain for the first time in a long time. After that experience, I wanted to get closer to Jesus, and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and King of my life. My daughter told me that I seem happier when I‘m in church and singing along to Christian music. Heath-wise, things are still tough at times, but I give it up to the Lord, and now I’m back at church again and want to get connected further into a community group.
I’ve been blessed to have grown up in a Christian home. However, even though I’ve lived a “good” life from a worldly perspective, I know I am still a sinner like all of us and can’t be perfect and have struggled to feel like I deserve all of my blessings. Then I realized that of course I can’t be perfect and could never be good enough to earn my way to salvation, but I don’t have to because God doesn’t make me earn it or want me to be perfect. He just wants me to accept Him, the perfect sacrifice.
Multiple things helped me to be reminded of my need to accept this gift and that it’s okay to do so. Theater has helped me in my faith journey because through performing, I am able to use my gifts and blessings to teach people about God, and it helps me see that He wants to bless me the same way just because He loves me and I am His. In addition, my parents have really grown my faith in both their examples of God’s love and in the way they have answered all of my questions about what it means to follow God.
In summary, then, I have learned that I can enjoy God’s blessings and pass them on to teach others about God’s grace. I can accept that even while being undeserving, He makes me deserving and I can receive His free gift of grace from the Cross.
During COVID, I was watching baptism online with my family. After people were baptized I saw people crying happy tears and hugging and I wondered, “Why are they doing this? What’s the big deal?”
Soon after, questions started popping up like,"Is God real? Is heaven real? When you die, is it just darkness?" I shared my questions with my Refuge small group leader, Matt. He suggested that I read the book “The Case For Christ”. My dad and I listened to one chapter of the audiobook each morning and it started answering my questions. When we were done with the book it was more of a mental struggle for me to surrender my life. I knew Jesus was real but I still wasn’t sure if God was real. It was during the sermon series A Savior for Everyone that I realized, if Jesus is real and he’s part of the Trinity and I already believe in Jesus then God must be real too because he’s also part of the Trinity. When Pastor Jim invited people to pray the surrender prayer, I chose to surrender my life to Jesus Christ. Honestly, this decision is so recent that I don’t have any huge changes that have happened. I hope that as I continue to grow in my relationship with Christ that I won’t be tempted to do things I shouldn’t. I want to share my relationship with Jesus with others and hopefully, they too will give their lives to Christ. I am choosing to be baptized because I feel like the next step after surrendering my life to Jesus is to publicly declare “Hey, I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ.” And I want fellow Christ followers to know this and walk with me in this journey.
My faith story starts in a Christian home in Pennsylvania. I was raised in a Christian family that helped me grow in my faith so I went to church every Sunday and grew up knowing about God. Around age 4 I gave my life to Christ by praying to Him and asking for forgiveness. I knew that Christ was my savior and that He died to pay for my sins.
It wasn’t until a few years ago, when COVID first hit that I realized what it really meant to be a Christian. The year COVID hit was probably the toughest year for me in my life. I had just moved from my hometown where I had lived my whole life and moved away from family and friends. The worst of all COVID was happening so everyone where I had moved was in quarantine so I couldn’t meet new people. I thought that everything was going wrong and that no one was with me, but I was wrong. God was with me and always has been. He has saved me, and he loves me.
I want to follow Jesus because he is my savior and he knows me and loves me. He will never leave me.
My favorite verses are from Psalm 139:1-4 “O Lord, you have searched me, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord”.
I have decided to take my next step of faith and get baptized. Being baptized to me is declaring my faith publicly and saying that I am a part of God’s family. My life will be different because I now know that I have to be ready to share my faith with anyone God wants me to. Praise the Lord for all he has done!
At an early age, my parents taught me to walk with Jesus, but I was arrogant and believed I could lead the way. Having a technical mindset, I believed I could solve my emptiness with an engineer’s approach. I ended up chasing accomplishment after accomplishment, believing “this next one” would bring fulfillment. Each success was paper-thin, leaving a bigger hole, more selfish desires, fewer options, and further from an answer.
Out of options and deep in depression, I turned to Christ Jesus. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” All those years, my mom’s passion for Jesus kept her guidance the same. Even on days I didn’t want to hear it, she would tell me, “He’s working, and it’s about time you let Him”. My Rooted group helped me realize I was given THE answer before I was born, that salvation cannot be earned, and it was up to me to accept His grace. For God’s will to be done in my life, I had to submit to His solution.
During a Rooted group, Jim McDonaugh quoted a mathematician, Blaise Pascal, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” Since being saved, Jesus provided me with purpose, called me to volunteer, assigned value to my gifts, and gave me passion for the Bible. My two beautiful kids, Vinny and Cici, are witnesses to my transformation and I see the Holy Spirit moving in them. True happiness is found in holiness!
I grew up going to church and learning about God and Jesus. I know that God loves me and sent Jesus to save me. God protects me and is always with me. God comforts me, brings me peace, and teaches me how to live.
I want to follow God and Jesus because he saved me and wants the best for me. My parents and the church leaders taught me more about God and Jesus.
I am being baptized to show everyone that I want to follow Jesus Christ my whole life. I have peace knowing that Jesus is in control. I am joyful knowing that I have been saved.
The first time I learned about Jesus was when I was little. My parents also dedicated me as a baby. I have attended Christ Community Church my entire life, and I attend Kids World and Epic. I want to be with Jesus because I want to live a long and happy life. I put my faith and trust in Jesus one day when I read my Bible and completed the Epic Journal with my mom. Now that I am saved, I will live my days having an official relationship with Jesus. I will also share my faith with others and bring my friends to Epic.
Before I trusted in Jesus, I did not understand the loving sacrifice Christ made for me on the cross, the teachings that Christ followers must understand, and the salvation achieved through true commitment to Christ.
My wife, Lori, introduced me to a Christian life and I sporadically attended CCC for many years after moving to Saint Charles in 1997. I was going through the motions but, not until my wife suggested we start the Bible Savvy reading curriculum, did I realize how completely inept my spiritual life was. Only through reading and studying the Bible, and by joining CCC groups were my eyes opened to the need for me to understand God’s word; pray to thank God and seek his forgiveness; be God’s servant to church and community; and give my physical and spiritual life over fully to Christ. I am grateful and blessed for the roles that Pastor Jim, Sue Nicodem and all the wonderful CCC group members played in mentoring and guiding me on my journey to Christ this past year.
Since accepting Jesus as my Savior, I finally believe I am leading a “real” Christian life and understand the path to continue to grow in my faith. I strive to read the Bible and pray to God each day. My wife and I attend church regularly and I will strive to be a better church member and servant to my Lord Jesus Christ.
I am Corban Hoch. I became a Christian when I was around 7 years old. Being a Christian means you believe in Jesus, that he died for our sins, was resurrected from the dead, and we can live forever with him. The reason I want to get baptized is because I witnessed my Uncle’s baptism when I was younger. I always wondered what it meant, but recently started to understand that being baptized means that you are showing your commitment to Jesus and showing others that you are a follower of Jesus. To me, Jesus is everything and I love him.
When I started my journey towards Christianity, I was with my mom in the car, and I asked about God and who Christ was, and what it meant to be a Christian. She told me about how Jesus died on the cross for us, and how he spoke to create the universe.
Genesis:1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters, and God said, “Let there be light.” After He said, “Let there be light,” Jesus spoke many other commands and said, “It was good.”
The reason I want to be baptized is so I can show others how I have devoted my life to God, and what God means to me. God has washed my sins through the Holy Spirit, and I walk on God’s path and not my own.
Luke 3:15 “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too, and as he was praying heaven was opened and the holy spirit descended on him, in a bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from the heaven, you are my son who I with you am well pleased.”
Because I became a Christian, and Jesus was baptized, I also want to be baptized.
Being baptized as a baby and growing up in a Christian home, I felt like I always knew who God was and what He did for me; but it wasn't until attending Christ Community Church consistently over the years that I really began to understand the depth of His love for me and how important a relationship is with Him. That understanding, along with becoming more involved at church and getting into daily bible reading, has helped put God at the center of my life.
Although I surrendered my life to Jesus years ago, I'm choosing to get baptized now (again) as an adult because it's an important step for me in my faith journey as an obedient follower of Christ. No matter how much I strive to do the right thing, I still fall short and am in need of a savior. I trust Him and I want to set an example for my kids to show them that I'm proud to publicly share my commitment as a believer.
Growing up, I was already a strong believer of God. I was raised as a Catholic and both of my parents were very religious. Even though my faith in God is very strong, I’ve had so many ups and downs in my life , but I always look to God as my strength. My children are all God-fearing and strong believers as well. I admit I have committed sins in my life and I have asked God for forgiveness.
Both my daughters introduced me to Christ Community when my family and I moved back here, but I was skeptical of attending at first, because I had friends when I was younger who were Christians, but they didn't believe in the Virgin Mary. As a Catholic, the Virgin Mary is a big deal in my domination and in my Filipino culture, so whenever my Christian friends asked me to attend their church I always said no. However, when my eldest daughter got into the Christian church, she explained how she understands how important the Bible is, and how, having knowledge of the word of God is very powerful, because it is His word that is above all else. More so, when my second daughter started following in her sister's footsteps, attending Christian services, she explained how learning about the Bible is more comprehensive in the Christians church and she felt free and more in tune with her faith in God there. Upon hearing that from my youngest daughter and seeing the growth in faith in my eldest daughter, something told me I had to attend this church with them, and even though I was still hesitant to, I said to myself, "Come on, Cristy, have an open mind about this", so I went with both my daughters to this church to just see how it is not anticipating that it would change my life.
On the way home from service I felt different, I couldn't explain it. I found myself crying during worship and learning more about the Bible. Because of that, my daughter and I started doing bible study every Friday at my eldest daughter's place. Since then, I always look forward to going to Christ Community with my family, because not only has it changed my life, but it changed my husband and my relationship to something stronger. The pride in us is less and it is easy for us to say sorry to each other. Even though I have a lot to learn as a Christian woman I accept God as my Lord and savior now and forever.
I was born into a Catholic family; I did all the things that my parents told me to do in regard to my faith. I was baptized as an infant and had my confirmation; because that was what my parents wanted me to do, as tradition. Growing up, in the minimal interaction I had with my Dad, he would continually insist that if I wanted to marry a nice catholic Irish girl, this was the only way….
At age 29, I became part of the Navigator community while in the military, and for the first time, developed a true relationship with the Lord. However, it was just recently, at the age of 37, and attending Christ Community Church, and witnessing some of the baptisms, that I entertained the idea again… I ignored the initial urge to get baptized after seeing it. It was about three weeks ago I was reading my bible in the morning, and I couldn’t ignore God calling me to get baptized. So I’m taking that step of faith and obedience and getting baptized.
I asked God to lead me while I was in church service, a couple of years ago. We always went to church, and this helped me understand what my life was about and the love I have for Jesus. This is when I surrendered my life to Christ. Ever since I have been reading the Bible, and listening to my Dad read to my sister and me. I know that God is my Savior, and He has helped me with everything in my life. Through the Bible, I saw that Jesus was kind and loving, which made me want to follow Him. My mom has helped me take these steps toward Jesus. To me, being baptized means that I have put my full trust in Jesus. Once baptized, my life will be changed but also the same since I have shown everyone that I have put my trust in Jesus.
From the beginning I was born into a family of Christian followers from a young age my parents started teaching me about God and Jesus, my parents took me to church, eventually the church we went to was Christ Community Church. When I started attending the services there, eventually my cousin Molly was getting baptized. I asked my dad what baptism was, he answered, it means devoting your life to the Lord. I said maybe I could get baptized too, he says yes you could. So that is why I chose to get baptized. I have vision impairment and I know that God has a plan and I wouldn't change my vision impairment even if I could because I trust in Him.
I grew up in Christian home. I got dedicated at Christ Community and started to go to church when I was a baby.
When I was 4 or 5 years old, I thought that church was something I had to go to, not something very important. Honestly, I didn’t like to go to church that much. But something changed Inside me when I was about seven years old when we were about to pray and go to bed. I started to have questions about God and eternity. I asked Dad how you go to Heaven, and he replied saying not everyone goes to Heaven and he also said that everyone is a sinful person and that in order to go to heaven you need to put your faith and trust in Jesus. We talked about that a little bit more and I asked Dad if he could pray the surrender prayer with me and he said yes, Mom then came in and we prayed that prayer. I realized my need for Jesus in my life.
Since I prayed that prayer a good amount has changed. God is my rock and my comfort. I pray to him when I am sad, worried, or lose something important. I know I can turn to him whenever I need to. I still know that I sin, and I am a sinful person, but I know that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that he shouldn’t have, but he did because he loves me. Back to what I was saying about a good amount of stuff that has changed: this is what has changed. I have more desire to learn about God, He has changed my heart, I ask for forgiveness and forgive faster and easier and I want to tell other people about God.
One day at EPIC when I was ten, I was in large group and we were worshiping. I felt the need to get baptized and my mom and dad led in Epic, so after, when my dad picked me, mom and my cousin up from the gym, I told mom and dad that I wanted to get baptized. They were so happy for me so we went to talk to Courtney and got a baptism book. I think that baptism for me is that I am showing I put my faith and trust In Jesus, and I am taking another step In my life Christ-wise.
Before I claimed Christ as my lord and savior, I was following my own path in life, and not the one God created for me. I was putting my own wants ahead of what God wanted. Then, with the desire to gain a deeper understanding of my faith, I reached out to my friend who invited me to start attending service with her at Christ Community. Here I not only heard the word God, but gained an understanding of what He was saying, and how it related to my life. It was with this understanding that I prayed the surrender prayer and asked Jesus to take total control of my life. Ever since, I can say I have a much more fulfilling life. I read and reflect on bible readings almost every day. I attend a community group where I have made some amazing friends. I carry on true conversations with God in my day to day life to be sure I continue to follow in the path He set forth for me. I know moving forward that there will be times I'm not sure why God is leading me down a certain path, but John 13:7 says, "you do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand". With that knowledge, I can exclaim "Jesus, you are my true lord and savior!"
I am 14 years old and attend Westminster Christian School. I don’t remember what it was like before I became a Christian, because I grew up in a Christian home. When I was 6 years old, I was having devotions with my Dad one night and I asked him if I could let Jesus into my heart. I knew that I needed to be forgiven from my sins, I wanted a relationship with Jesus, and I wanted to be sure that I would go to Heaven after I died. After we prayed we wrote the date in our family Bible.
Jesus has helped me be a kind person, a truth teller, and to be a good artist. In 6th grade Covid hit, and my old school went fully onto zoom. My family did not want me to be fully online, so I got the opportunity to go to a Christian school where my dad and step-mom already worked. That opened new doors for me to grow in my faith, make Christian friends, and learn more about God every day. I continually need to work on being more devoted in my prayer life and being a better brother to my siblings. My Abuela was an example of a person who was very devoted to her prayer life, and I want to follow her example.
A struggle I have is figuring out how to organize the things I want to say when I'm praying out loud because most of the time I accidentally make it really awkward for others to hear. I need to remember that God doesn’t care if I make it awkward, and he already knows what I’m trying to say. Romans 8:26 says “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
I am choosing to get baptized because I am following Jesus’s example and obeying His command to be baptized. Also, I want to show others the importance of Christ’s death and resurrection by going public with my faith.
I am ten years old and go to Westminster Christian School. I feel like I was a Christian for as long as I can remember, but one night when I was 6 years old I was having devotions with my Dad and we were reading from the Bible about the life of Jesus, and how he was the son of God sent to earth to die on the cross for our sins. My Dad and I talked about how even children sin, need to be saved in order to have a relationship with God, and live the life he wants for us. I wanted that life, and so he helped me pray to ask God to be my personal savior. I want to follow Jesus to go to heaven and live a better life on earth.
Ever since I accepted Jesus into my life, I have noticed how my parents, step mom, and abuela pray and talk to God a lot whether they are happy or sad. That helps me want to pray and talk to God too. I talk to him a lot and he has answered so many of my prayers that I know he is real! Because I have put my trust in Jesus my life is more loving and caring. I also feel more safe and protected and cared for.
I started to wonder about what baptism is as I heard it talked about in my school and church. I knew it was something Christians did, but I did not know why. My dad explained to me that it was a command from God to show the world how important Jesus' death and resurrection is to me. I know that baptism is showing the world how much I love the Lord, and that’s why I want to get baptized.
All throughout my life I have known about God. I grew up going to Christ Community Church, learning the Big God Story, and singing in the Kids’ Choir. I know that Jesus died to save me from my sins, and that when I mess up He forgives me. My parents and my Kids World leaders have taught me that when I am baptized, I will be part of God’s family. I want to be baptized to show everyone that I’ve put my faith in Jesus and that I want to follow Him my whole life. One of the Bible verses that encourages me and makes me happy is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength” Mark 12:30. I like this because I know that He is in me and He is my strength. I think my life will be different after I get baptized because I will continue to learn how to use my kindness, sense of humor, and singing to serve God and God’s family.
I have had a relationship with Christ for as long as I can remember. I was told that I asked Jesus into my heart when I was just five years old, so I do not remember much of my life before.
However, I believe that there are two parts to my “before” story. Yes, there is the part where I did not accept Christ into my heart from the time I was a newborn up until the age of five, but there is also the part that came after. Throughout my adolescent and teenage years, I lived a life plagued with sin. I knew who Christ was and what He did for me, but I did not live a life that gave Him glory. Every time I’d stray from God, I felt this sense of conviction, because I knew that I was letting my Father, and my Savior, down. However, I never made a change. I remained stuck in this seemingly endless loop for years.
A couple years ago, I had this overwhelming urge to whole-heartedly commit my life to Christ. This was such a new feeling to me. I felt whole. I felt new again. I was freed from sins I’ve struggled with for years. My chains were broke, and I never felt so free.
Sometimes, I get discouraged that I did not have a specific action that led to me being born again. However, I know that my story is nothing but a testament to God’s goodness and faithfulness. Ever since I made the choice to commit my life to Christ, I am a new person. I am freer than I have ever been.
I have gotten closer to Jesus and grown an even deeper relationship with Him. I feel as if I am walking right beside Him. I spend time in His Word frequently, I watch videos online (Bible Project) explaining different aspects of the bible, and I spend time in prayer, talking to Him. It is been incredible to learn more and more about Jesus, and to see His faithfulness throughout the
various aspects of my life. One of the largest things that I have learned about dedicating my life to Christ is what that brings to my life. I have made the realization that nothing in this world could ever compare to what life is like when it is with my Savior.
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Before I trusted in Jesus, I thought living as a good and honest person would make my soul feel free and alive.
Through the last few years I’ve found myself living against my principles. Developing a drug addiction. Indulging in lust, self centeredness and anger. My life had become unmanageable.
I had a life I loved. Married my high school sweetheart. Bought a home and was living my best life. Then, we grew apart and after we divorced 10 years ago I haven’t had a place I truly called home though a couple of places have been close. I indulged in promiscuity and social drug use. After years of trying to find the love I took for granted, I began to lose control of my drug use. Covid hit and it was a perfect storm that now included loneliness and total self-centeredness. I lost control of everything.
Through events starting with guidance from wiser people in my drug program. I started seeking my higher power. Through The Holy Spirit, I googled churches in my area and felt Christ Community Church was the most inviting. From the moment I arrived I have felt the Holy Spirit guiding me and showing me unconditionally that Jesus died so I could be forgiven.
With this commitment to God, knowing that my sins have been paid for. I look forward to freedom for my soul, getting back the discipline and living in Jesus’ example shedding the guilt and constant regret I’ve been living in.