Baptisms – September 12 2021
Following are the testimonies of those baptized on September 12, 2021. Join with us in celebrating this step in their walk with Christ.
My name is Aggie Newman and I am in 6th grade. I grew up going to church and having fun with friends in my Sunday School classes. I learned about asking Jesus into my heart while in class. I thought about it a lot. One night after my dad and I read a book, we talked about it and he helped me pray and ask Jesus into my heart.
Accepting Jesus has given me faith that He will always be with me in my life. Being a Christian has allowed me to learn more about Jesus and be a good example for my friends. I felt happy that I became a Christian, my family felt proud, and most importantly, I felt proud. I would help someone become a Christian by sharing the Gospel and teaching them about the love of Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior. He is the one that makes miracles happen. Jesus died so that our sins may be forgiven.
God has given me faith to use prayer to help me feel better whenever I am sick, sad, or feeling nervous at school. I know it is important to get baptized and to always have the love of Jesus in your heart.
As I look back over my life, I know God has been with me through it all. As a child, I suffered third degree burns over 80 percent of my body. I had several surgeries and was unable to attend school for over a year. God brought me through it all.
I enjoyed working with children as a custodian for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland for over 30 years. God would use me to handle the unruly kids. God gave me a gentle approach with the kids.
God has blessed me with a humble and calm spirit. God doesn’t allow me to get upset easily like some people when things get hectic. I give God the glory for that!
I was raised in the church as a Methodist. My mother was a Lay speaker and we attended church on a regular basis. This is when I first met Jesus! My mother was a prayer warrior; now my sister is. I am reminded of Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way they should go, and he will not depart from it when he gets old.”
I know that I can do nothing without Jesus. I am so glad he accepted me right where I was. I am forever grateful for his love. Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving all of our sins.
I didn’t accept Jesus as my Savior until I was 58 years old. My parents took me to church. I believed there was a God, but I didn’t worship God like I should have. I was a free spirit without the hard drugs but drank beer and smoked cigarettes. I tried to quit a thousand times. One Saturday morning, I asked God to help me. When I left that bedroom, I never smoked again. I believe that was divine intervention. I got caught with a DUI 16 years ago. That was God telling me, that’s it, come to Me. All that time I was running around. My mother prayed for me for forty years. That’s why I believe in the power of prayer. I want to be baptized today to tell the world that I am baptized as a believer in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Since I have been coming to King Street, I have grown spiritually. I have a wonderful Sunday School class, Reflections. They are a group of true believers and prayer warriors.
Growing up in the Lutheran Church, it was customary to baptize infants, and I was. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior when I was a teenager while attending a church youth group weekend retreat. A number of years later, as a young adult, I was attending a Promise Keepers event at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and the Holy Spirit moved me to go forward, during an “alter call” to go down on the field, and I rededicated my life to Christ. As I matured in my Christian faith, I came to realize that the baptism I received as an infant does not match up with Biblical teaching. Baptism is supposed to be a public act, after accepting the saving grace of Jesus, to identify that you are a follower of Jesus Christ.
Over the years I periodically have been questioned whether I was going to be baptized subsequent to becoming a believer. Honestly, I did not feel the need. I accepted Jesus as my savior and baptism is not a requirement for salvation. However, the Holy Spirit has been working on me. It is MY sin that sent Jesus to the cross, to bear a painful and shameful death, and He did that willingly for me so that I may spend eternity with Him. Then, how can I in good faith not be willing to publicly show that I am His follower and be baptized. Therefore, I want to be baptized!
Life has been easy once I accepted Christ – well, that is NOT true. Life is difficult! I don’t comprehend how anyone can live, enduring hardship, loss and pain, without a relationship with Jesus. God continues to work on me with my struggle with anxiety and worry, the “what ifs.” I know that I need to put my full trust in the Lord to work out life’s details.
Philippians 4:6,7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Plan Now for Our Next Classes: Sunday, October 3 at 9:15 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 noon in the Connection Hub. Baptism services on Sunday, October 31. Baptism classes and services are held bi-monthly. If interested, contact Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717-264-4651.