I have chosen to be baptised because I believe in Jesus and I believe that he is the son of God and that he came down to earth to show us how to live a full and happy life.
For the past year I have thought more and more about wanting to be baptised. When I learned all about baptism at primary school last year it inspired me to be more interested in how God works in this world. Leading up to my baptism I have really felt God's spirit uplifting me and drawing me closer to him. Over the last few months I have prayed for friends and family and I have seen him working in their lives. I used to really enjoy 'Open the Book' at school and my favourite story that we acted out was 'The Good Samaritan'.
Jesus said "Love your God and your neighbour as much as you love yourself".
Devoted Christian Corrie Ten Boom said "He uses our problems for His miracles. This was my first lesson in learning to trust Him completely".
My testimony is one of hope, in finding freedom from pain and suffering, from guilt and shame and in finding a new life beyond all measure of my imagination! Opening my heart and mind to this freedom, putting my life into God's hands and growing in faith is a gift given freely from God.
Having a relationship with Jesus is radical, relevant, revealing, renewing and at times risky. He is a God of signs and wonders...He turns up when least expected, and tuning into his presence is now a life-long love! As a work in progress, God has totally transformed my life from the inside out, but He never promised life would be free from troubles...suffering is in itself an integral part of our human condition; through which He is often most at work...if we let Him! Love is patient, kind and unconditional...it is forgiving, embracing, powerful and profound...God is love and this was the real crux of Jesus' message when He came to earth. The story of Jesus is transforming but it is the fact of the resurrection that sets it alive. The resurrection makes the Christian gospel quite different from any other. Our Lord is alive, His life touches ours. It is not a dead letter or a man-made dictate of good things. What we read of his ministry in the Gospels is ours today. When He ascended into heaven He left the gift of the Holy Spirit, that person of the God-head who attends to our spiritual needs...and having now accepted that gift I am restored and renewed.
I want to finish with a reading from Romans 6: 3-5...
"That's what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we're going."
I simply want to let God and Jesus into my life. I found a welcome and acceptance here and feel part of a family that is trying to follow Jesus and accepts everyone they meet on the way.
I feel that I have developed my faith a lot over the past 4 years and I have learnt a lot. By being confirmed it feels like, for me, that I am showing my commitment to Christ so that I can continue developing my faith, knowing that I have given my consent to my baptism. I now want to commit more time to the church as I do not go on a regular basis at the moment so being confirmed will also help me feel more part of the church.
I have been a Christian all my life and have prayed to God daily. I have not attended church as much as I should have. Since my son has become a Christian I can see how dedicated to God he is and he has made me realise, that together, we can support each other and give more of our time to worship in church. By being confirmed I will continue my journey I started with my son at my side.
I would like to build, grow and confirm my faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; these are truly incredible gifts that should be used to help others.
By being confirmed I would like to feel how Jesus did when he was baptized in the water and how he felt God's love and blessing.
By learning the fruits of the spirit the last few weeks I am grateful my life journey has bought me to Christchurch and restarted my faith journey to heel myself and share/help others in the lord's work.
All Site Content - © 2015 - - Forest of Dean Christchurch with English Bicknor
Website Designed and Maintained by Skyfire Designs