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Baptism testimonies at Jubilee
Why do we baptise people at Jubilee? There are two reasons.
Firstly, in obedience to God. Acts 2:38 reads “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The second reason we do it is as a public declaration of faith.
We only baptise believers; people who have come to faith. We baptise by immersion, which symbolises that your old life has died and you are being raised to new life.
But the water isn’t special: It’s just out of a tap. What you are saying when you go down into the water is “My old life is gone”, and when you are raised up again you are saying “This is who I am”.
It is a representation of what’s already happened to them. They are not made into Christians by going into the water, they are just recognising what God has done in their lives.
This week at Jubilee, four of our young people – Lucas Pilletteri, Asher Martin, Zach Martin and Josh Frodsham – alongside youth leader Matt Wilson, made the decision to be baptised.
Matt will share his testimony next week, but here’s what our young people had to say about their reasons for taking the plunge.
Hello, my name is Lucas and this is my testimony.
I want to be baptised because I want to be in God’s family. Jesus tells us in the Bible that we should be baptised – I want to do as He says.
I have been taught about Jesus since I was very small. I have learned that Jesus died on the cross for my sin and I became a Christian to make things right with God.
I know that God healed me when I was seriously ill as a baby and again as a young child. Lots of people prayed for me.
I know that God listens to my prayers now. Jesus has taught me to be a kind friend and that I can tell Him anything.
I know that sometimes people don’t understand when I talk but Jesus understands everything about me and His Spirit is in my heart.
At the time of writing, my Baptism is happening tomorrow on the 28th of November.
Firstly I feel excited and ready as I feel my baptism is long overdue and I can’t wait to get it done; I also feel slightly nervous but that’s only down to speaking in front of the congregation which I’m praying goes smoothly.
However I don’t think I should be nervous, I had been learning about God and Bible stories growing up in church but I first gave my life to Christ at the second Newday I went to when I was around 13.
God has called me to the worship team in which I have served in to help his church and it is ALL DOWN TO HIM that I am here about to get Baptised.
This is my testimony of how God has worked through me and in that, why should I worry? Paul says to repent and be baptised and as a Christian it is only right that I obey the word of God.
I grew up in a Christian household and have known God all my life, I have devoted my life to God multiple times but the first time I realised the impact that God’s love had on my life I was in awe on my knees.
This was at Newday 2019.
The reason I am getting baptised is in obedience to God. We are told to “Repent and be baptised” and I am doing that.
I have grown up in the church, but I first gave my life to God life at Newday
when I was 9 or 10.
I had always believed in God but took Him more as something to go to if I was in trouble. Like if I was late to school, I would pray that he would give me super speed.
But it was at Newday when I first realised, he was more.
I have been going to Newday since I was 4 months old.
I was in the children’s work, and I responded to a word for the morning. I went to one of the leaders and they prayed with me and I repented of my sin and asked for God’s forgiveness.
Over the years my relationship grew but I would encounter setbacks where I
would go my own way. I used to think everyone was better off than me, like
everyone would be getting the UCS Lego millennium falcon or the new play
station and no one would get me anything like that.
What’s the point of being a Christian if I don’t get rewarded?
But I soon realised I didn’t need stuff like that. Dwelling about things of this world is incomparable to the joys of heaven.
Newday used to be an anchor for me so that if I got too far away it would
always bring me back and rekindle the flame for the Lord. But in the last 3 or 4 years it is has been more of a trampoline and a massive boost and my
relationship with God grew hugely.
The youth sessions have been a massive help in sorting out details on how to be a better person and man of God.
It also keeps me focused on who it is all about.
So that is why I am getting baptised to truly say my old self is gone and that my life is for the Lord.
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?